The recent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent is something that has not only affected the people of our neighboring island but the hearts of many in the SGUSOM community.
The School of Medicine Alumni Association is supporting a charity drive to help the people, including many alumni who live and work there. We encourage you to make a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible donation to the SOMAA today, with all donations through May 31 dedicated to crucial relief efforts on St. Vincent.
The island and its people are dear to many of us as it was a co-partner of the University from the very beginning. When the volcano last erupted in 1979, the first SGU students were there beginning their fifth semester, and they were instrumental in helping out, even as medical students. SGU also lent a hand by donating supplies that were desperately needed. Many of the alumni who were living and learning there in the earlier years have many fond memories of what the people and nation did for us.
Those of you who were not fortunate to be able to live and learn in St. Vincent would appreciate just how important it was to making SGU and us successful today. In addition, being a Caribbean island similar to Grenada, you understand the obstacles that many encounter on a daily basis. A catastrophe of this magnitude is making those challenges even more difficult.
If you’d like to make a donation by mail instead of online, please mail a check to (made payable to “SGU SOM Alumni Association Inc.”):
Robert Helman MD
SGU SOMAA Treasurer
4630 Center Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11109
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