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Global outreach is an amazing program. My team and I will be going to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa to volunteer with HIV/AIDS

Dear Friends and Family,

I wanted to contact you and tell you about this amazing program I am involved with called Global Outreach. Global Outreach is a cultural immersion and service program where Fordham students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice, while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. This year I have been lucky enough to be selected to join a team of 9 other students to go to South Africa. This project will take place: May 21 to June 5. As a participant, I will travel to both Johannesburg and Cape Town to work with HIV/AIDS patients and those effected by abject poverty. As a team, we will also learn more about South African culture by spending time with the local people in their villages and home.

I was motivated to go on this trip because I wanted to learn more about and help those affected by HIV/AIDS, a terrible disease that kills millions around the world. South Africa is especially hard hit. As a political science student and likely law school candidate, I wanted to see for myself the conditions that the South African people are living under and do all I can to help them.

The total cost of this trip is around $3750 for each person. This cost covers our flights, as well as accommodations, which include staying in a compound on Cape Town and in villages in Johannesburg. Obviously I can not raise this money on my own. I need help. Our group will be fundraising through bake sales, selling t-shirts and, of course, letter writing to friends, family, and service groups.

I believe in Global Outreach’s vision and work, which is why I am committed to raising money to help out the organization by May. To help me meet, and hopefully surpass, my financial goals, I am asking for your support. Please be as generous as you can and I would appreciate any donation ranging from $5 to $250 or above before May 20th. I truly appreciate any donation you can make, for every dollar counts!

I personally dislike writing to ask for money. However, my uneasiness with sending fund-raising letters is overcome by how important I feel this trip is and the opportunity it affords me. If you can help with a donation, I would really appreciate it. If not, please keep me, my companions and the people we will be working with in your thoughts. In any case, I will let you know how the trip went when I return.

I hope all is well and thank you so much for your support. Please feel free contact me with any questions or concerns if you would like to learn more about GO! SOUTH AFRICA or Global Outreach.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this wonderful project.


Michael J. Meehan

GO! South Africa Team Member 2012
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road P.O. Box 1457
Bronx, NY 10128
732-513-7111 (cell phone)
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