Wegmans School of Nursing Class of 2011 Raises $2,500 for Kenya Clinic
On Tuesday, May 3, members of the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing's (WSoN) Class of 2011 presented a check for $2,500.00 - the largest class gift to date - to Adam Jablonski, co-founder of Building Futures, Inc. The class more than doubled their fundraising goal of $1,000.00.
The mission of Building Futures is to aid in the education of impoverished Kenyans, and students and faculty who traveled to Kenya last year met the co-founders, Jablonski and Jim Nowak, while working in a makeshift clinic in the town of Maseno.
It was during that trip that the idea of a permanent clinic was born, and Building Futures has worked hard over the last year to complete the clinic. Sadly, Nowak lost his life in a car accident while working in Kenya. The students decided to donate their class gift in his memory, and the money will be used to buy benches to provide seating in the clinic that will soon be open to the community.
Beginning in 2012, students will have the option to travel to the clinic to complete their final four-week clinical rotation.