Volume 94, Issue 88
Thursday, March 8, 2001
Western students can join the battle against cancer and hear some great music too at the second annual Rhythms and Sounds to Cure Concert at Call the Office tonight.
The licensed charity event will feature five London area bands, including Tranzit, who have opened for Edwin, said University Engineering Students charity commissioner, Gino Vitella.
Tickets are available today in the University Community Centre Atrium or at the UES desk in the engineering building for $7 in advance, or $10 at the door, he said. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and there will be plenty of door prizes and draws, Vitella added.
"Everybody [know] someone with cancer, whether it's family or friends. So I think everybody should either donate money, or at least come to the concert, to show their support."
National Epilepsy Awareness Month began on Mar. 1 and Epilepsy Canada hopes its public campaign will clear up some of the misconceptions surrounding the debilitating disease.
Approximately four million North Americans suffer from epilepsy, said Melanie McGovern, communications agent for Epilepsy Canada.
She added funding for research lags behind almost all other major disorders and diseases.
McGovern said the Canadian campaign adopted a larger model launched by the International League against Epilepsy and the World Health Organization in 1997.
"There are five main goals of the campaign," she explained. "One is to change attitudes and raise epilepsy to a new reception in public audiences. The second goal is to encourage national departments of health to promote the disorder," she said.
"Our third goal is to promote the creation of specialized centres, surgical training and uniform access to epilepsy care. The fourth is to identify the needs of those who suffer form the illness on a national and international scale, and finally to push for an increase in public funding to help find a cure."
She stressed public prejudice of the disorder which has led to a difficulty in advancing its cause. "It is the least funded neurological disorder," she said. "We've been moving forward, but it's not at full speed."
Two Western students are lending their help to Third World nations by volunteering for a humanitarian organization in Mali, Africa.
Hands Across the Nation is a non-profit, volunteer organization in Toronto which helps developing countries fund and construct medical, educational and community facilities, said Simon Wang, a third-year kinesiology student at Western, who is volunteering this summer in Mali.
He will be accompanied by Amy Caldwell, a third-year health sciences student at Western.
Wang said HATN also helps developing communities through education workshops and training. "We'll be assisting in building a girl's dormitory in an educational facility of Mali," he said.
Wang said he and Caldwell are currently fundraising from corporations and individuals, as well as planning a raffle, in order to fund their transportation to Mali. "I've been told it's a great experience," he said. "It's humbling and you learn a lot about other cultures."
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