University of Manitoba Medical Students Organize Sweet Fundraiser for Orbis

Recently, a group of Orbis Future Vision Leaders from the University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine organized a bake sale fundraiser to support Orbis Canada. Led by fourth year medical student, Andrew Samuel, the group raised more than $400.

The funds raised will go to support an Orbis project to provide much-needed cataract surgeries for Rohingya refugees currently residing in camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This is part of an ongoing fundraising campaign driven by Canadian medical students and ophthalmology residents who are part of the Orbis Future Vision Leaders program.

“I’m really excited that we were able to fundraise for Orbis Canada and contribute towards the fight against preventable blindness,” says Samuel.

“While we have relatively easy access to eye care resources here in Canada, it’s important not to forget that there still exists a large resource gap globally. I really admire that Orbis works directly with local communities through education and outreach initiatives because that is one step closer to leaving a lasting impact on developing independence and narrowing the resource gap in the communities reached worldwide. To be able to come together as medical trainees (residents and medical students) and contribute to that impact through a bake sale is something that’s so simple, fun and rewarding!”

While it was Samuel who came up with the idea and spearheaded the fundraiser, he explains that M1 and M2 (first and second year) medical students, in particular Ninglu Weng and Nathan Lee-Wing, played a big role in the initiative.

Andrew Samuel

4th Year Medical Student, University of Manitoba

We could­n’t done it with­out them, and we hope to orga­nize future events to fur­ther bring the med­ical school com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er and spread aware­ness about Orbis.”

It was these students who took the lead on educating their peers and other students about Orbis’s work, showcasing a 3D tour of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, and running the bake sale while Samuel and Dr. Tina Tang were busy seeing patients.

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