AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title AMSA Global AIDS Week
Project type(s) Fundraiser,Speaker
Date completed 01/2007
Chapter UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Project Coordinator Marion Protano
Summary of project Monday, we had a HIV/AIDS patient come and speak about her experience as a mother who gave her child AIDS and her struggle against drugs. Tuesday at lunch we had speakers from the FXB Center in Newark talking about how the center was founded and their international AIDS projects. On Wednesday, we had petitions signed for the microbicidal agent research and supporting the Ryan White bill. Wednesday night we had a benefit fundraiser at the school. For $5, students got a free AIDS bracelet (which we purchased with an AMSA grant), got free food (from local donations), and listened to their classmates play music and talk about their experiences with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Also, the AIDS Quilt was there. We raised over $350, $50 went to the AIDS Quilt Foundation and the rest went to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit. On Thursday, we showed a portion of the movie, "A Closer Walk". On Monday, we also had photos up in the hall with pictures from South Africa to depict what some living conditions are.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 200
Participant hours involved 250 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $600
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We used emails as well as posting flyers around school. We made announcements in all of our classes. I think everyone knew about AIDS Week and was well-informed about the events.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions When I contacted the speakers beforehand, I should have been more specific about what we expected. Our Monday speaker basically fielded questions, which was good, but it would have been nice to have a little more of a prepared speech (she spoke about 15

Comments The benefit fundraiser was a great way to raise money and bring a school together for a cause. It was especially nice to have fellow students educate each other with thier experiences and the music varied from emotional (to correlate with the AIDS crisis