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Raising awareness one meal at a time

by Sarah Morris - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 10:00 pm

The College at Brockport’s Girl Up club is driven to raise awareness and enable people in the community to help improve the lives of adolescent girls in third world countries. The club strives to educate others with fundraisers and events to stand up for adolescent girls to receive the opportunities people in the United States have.

Some of the issues Girl Up focuses on are “quality education, health care, nutrition, safety, birth documentation, and the opportunity to become a leader allow us to combat issues like poverty, childbirth complications, sexual assaults, child marriages,” and many more, according to their myBrockport page. Anyone of any background can

 

 join to help carry out the work of UN Agencies.

“[College students are] learning ways to give back and appreciate all that they have because these girls are dying to be in our seats right now,” two-year president of Girl Up Shanelle Oduro said. “My goal for next year is to do more community service outreach programs and do more with the other Girl Up organizations within the area.”

Money raised through the club is used to support young girls’ educations, build better health care facilities and prevent early marriages.

Last Saturday, Nov. 11, Girl Up hosted its annual Give to Get event, where dance and music groups performed in front of audience members, who were able to eat their Thanksgiving-themed meal of turkey and potatoes during the show.

“It allows the community of Brockport to gather in a special venue to reflect on the importance of Thanksgiving,” vice president of Girl Up Anabel Adjei said. “Our annual Thanksgiving event allows us to ask our Brockport community to reflect on what they are thankful for since not everyone is able to go home and celebrate due to their own personal reasons.”

Adjei has been involved with Girl Up since last fall, when it was established. 

The event was a dress to impress and cost students $3, and faculty, staff and guests $5. Once there, attendees sat down in the beautifully decorated ballroom. Each table had a tablecloth and candle, and the room was filled with pretty lights.

“Our vision came through in the sense that we didn’t just want it to be straight performances,” Oduro said. “We added two interactive questions that our audience was able to relate back to these ladies from developing countries.”

Each performance captivated the audience and the co-hosts spoke in between each one, bringing issues involving others who lack resources and opportunities into the light.

The event ended with the co-host saying, “When I say ‘give to get,’ I don’t mean give to get what you think you should receive but I mean to receive the joy, happiness and triumph that these girls have accomplished because of you.”

Girl Up hopes to do more interactive activities, like fundraising events, kick offs and other events that will benefit girls in need and students of Brockport.

“Every year gets better and better, and I cannot wait to see what next year brings,” Adjei said. 

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