Sunday night’s Achy Breaky Heart, a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser, combined the caring efforts of Bruins for Israel and GlobeMed at UCLA to support the charity organizations Save a Child’s Heart and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative, with a fun and energetic environment thanks to the intricately-designed auction events and various booths. The night was filled with much laughter and playful enjoyment, all of which went toward good causes.
GlobeMed at UCLA is part of a network of university students that has partnered with different organization across the world to improve the health and conditions of people in impoverished counties. Specifically, the GlobeMed at UCLA has partnered with the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative in central Uguanda and has worked to improve water access, sanitation, and the hygiene of the people in local communities. For those interested in getting involved, more information about the organization can be found at globemed.org.
Bruins for Israel is the pro-Israel organization at UCLA that works to educate students regarding the politics, culture and history concerning the State of Israel. The goal of Bruins for Israel, as stated on its Facebook page, is to present “an accurate image of Israel in order to help the campus community understand the complexity of today’s events by providing proper historical perspective and accurate current information. Through Achy Breaky Heart, Bruins for Israel helped fundraise for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization that helps provide free open-heart surgery for children in developing countries. More information can be found on their website atsaveachildsheart.org.
The coming together of these two organizations resulted in a wonderful event that collected more than $3000 in a single night. Many people worked hard to put together this event and it clearly showed. For those who attended, this year’s Achy Breaky Heart was both memorable and worthwhile.