Save me from a Mullet
Organized by: Rachael Shores
EVENT DATE Apr 20, 2014
Once upon a time (like a week ago) I had long hair and was really unhappy with it. I decided to be really silly and raise money for charity by getting a mullet so I chopped off all my hair in preparation. Now I love my short haircut and I don't want to go any shorter! Of course, I could do it the pansy way and just back out of my pledge but I REALLY want to raise money for the Malawi Surgical Initiative. I've met the dedicated doctors and residents that have worked with this program. I learned about it because my mother-in-law is involved with it so I have gotten to hear firsthand how they are making a difference in such an impoverished country.
So I'm trying to turn this into more like "voting" with donations. If I can get more donations to NOT cut my hair I'll feel like I've earned the right to keeping my new awesome haircut guilt free. Also, I can direct donations away from my goal sum of $2000 (mwahahaha). Please help me not feel guilty about keeping my hair. Please help Malawi. The Malawi Surgical Initiative brings together professionals from UNC and other institutions to provide training for the KCH General Surgery Residency Program and conduct research of surgical diseases. They are doing amazing work training surgeons in Malawi who will stay in Malawi to better their healthcare system.
Surgeons treat curable diseases that frequently allow people to return to a normal, productive life. These include:
- Congenital anomalies, such as cleft lip and palate
- Abdominal problems such as hernias, appendicitis and bowel obstruction
- Traumatic injuries such as collapse lungs, internal bleeding and broken bones
- Complications of childbirth, with life-saving cesarean sections.
- Cancer: Most Africans do not have access to radiation or chemotherapy, so surgery is the only curative option.
Donations go directly to support the MSI Mission through:
- The MSI house in Lilongwe, Malawi, where visiting surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents and others stay while training KCH Surgery Residents and conducting research. Household costs are $2100/month.
- Educational materials, such as books relevant to surgical training
- Internet access for Surgery resident and attendings at KCH
- Laptop computers for the Malawi Surgery residents
- Travel expenses to bring Malawian Surgery residents to UNC for an 8 week rotation during their third year of training
- Salary support for Malawian surgery residents
This fundraiser is only 19 days long and this is my first fundraising attempt so all money is coming to my bank account and I will personally give it to the Malawi Surgical Initiative. I tried to find a direct way and maybe I'll be able to work with crowdrise for a more direct line of money flowing to Malawi. I've delayed the deposit into my bank account by a month so hopefully I can get it sorted by then. If you didn't know, I'm a bit spontaneous. If you don't trust me or my intentions you can donate to them directly at http://www.med.unc.edu/msi/donations. Check out their website to learn all about the wonderful things they are doing. I just want to bring awareness to this program.
PS. My hair is almost to short for a tacky mullet already. I'd pretty much have to shave it for the front to be shorter. All donations will be tallied April 19 so I can get the cut 4-20, if I must.