Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kelley Students Give Back

By Christine Robinson
Second-Year MBA, Consumer Marketing Academy

MBA candidates at the Kelley School of Business have shown their commitment to giving back at two recent events, where combined the students raised over $1200 for the anti-trafficking NGO, Challenging Heights


James Kofi Annan accepts donation from Black MBA Association

The first of these events was a Black History Month Dinner which took place on Friday, February 3rd at the Indiana Memorial Union and was put on by the Black MBA Association.  The event was a celebration of Black History that reflected on the history of slavery in American and brought to light the worldwide existence of slavery today.  GLOBASE Ghana partner and former child slave, James Kofi Annan was the keynote speaker.  At the event James shared his story of survival, a story that depicts his knowledge of both what it feels like to be enslaved and what it feels like to be free.  It was these contrasting aspects of his experience that led him come to the realization that "To whom much is given, much is expected."  With this motto, James founded Challenging Heights, a NGO in Ghana whose mission is "to ensure a secured, protected, and dignified future and life for children and youth by promoting their rights, education, and health."  Over $800 was raised for Challenging Heights at this event.  $800 will cover the average costs of rescuing two children from slavery or cover the education costs for over 3 children for a full year. 

A group of Kelley MBA Students at the Slavery Sucks benefit
The second event was a Slavery Sucks benefit on Thursday, February 16th at The Bluebird, that was put on by the GLOBASE Ghana Student Leadership Team.  The Slavery Sucks benefit was an opportunity for Kelley MBA students to take a stand against modern day slavery, by publicly stating that "slavery sucks" through either their attendance and/or their donation.  Local businesses such as Crazy Horse, Wine and Canvas, The Bluebird, and Restaurant Talent donated raffle prizes for the event.  An additional $420 was raised at this event for Challenging Heights

GLOBASE Ghana participants look forward to giving back further when they visit Challenging Heights in Ghana over spring break where they will be able to see first hand the children and great work of Challenging Heights, work that the Kelley MBA Students' donations will help fund.


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