Student-Led Organizations Helping to Fund Grenada Charities
The Student Government Association (SGA) of St. George’s University donated approximately $43,000 EC to Grenada charities in the recent spring term, including donations to the Program for Adolescent Mothers and the Grenada Cancer Society through the Women in Medicine Club; the Grenada Heart Foundation through the American Medical Students Association; and the Father Mulligan Home for Boys through the Pre-Medical Biology Student Organization.
Comprised of more than 135 students, from all three schools at SGU, the SGA is a student run organization that fosters leadership skills in its members as they serve as liaisons between their colleagues, faculty and university administration to improve the student experience at SGU.
“The SGA is a crucial component of student life in Grenada,” said Debbi Johnson, Faculty Advisor for the SGA and Assistant Professor at SGU. “They serve as liaisons with the SGU administration, but also as ambassadors of the student body to the local community. SGA donates more each year to charity than any other organization, and it is a testament to the dedication and leadership qualities of its representatives.”
SGA is helping to fund projects in the local community with donations to the MISIT Club’s IT lecture series to secondary schools on the island of Carriacou as well as donations to the St. John’s Police Farm Association where they are helping to support an initiative to encourage farming in Grenada. The SGA also contributed to an Ultrasound Clinic hosted by the Neuroscience Club and made a significant donation to the Lime Children’s Health Fund. Other charitable contributions include the Pothounds Against Pregnancy Initiative and the Angels in Armor Animal Rescue fund through the School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a contribution to the Seventh Day Adventist Student Organization toward their gospel concert last term.
In addition to community involvement, the SGA has a conference fund set up to assist students who would like to travel to participate in scholarly activity related to their fields. This term, SGA funded eleven students to participate in conferences including the SCAVMA Symposium, International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference, IVSA Student Exchange to Austria, Food as Medicine Conference, New York State Pain Society Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, National Neurotrauma Symposium and the AVMA Conference.
The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) has also had a very active term with regards to community events and charitable donations. They hosted the USGA Fun Day, in which they invited young children from Bel Air, Hermitage, and Florida Government Schools to campus for fun and games, donating $850 to various organizations involved. Additionally, proceeds from the SGA Post-Midterm Cruise ($2500) were donated to the Lord Pitt Foundation, which provides financial assistance and scholarships to students in the School of Arts and Sciences. The USGA also organized a 4V4 Soccer Tournament, and proceeds from this event, totaling $ 1500 were donated to Athletic Development Grenada (ADG) whose goal is to develop youth involvement in sports in Grenada.
SGA would like to thank the University community for their constant support, and looks forward to continued collaboration in the future.