Western Heads East (WHE) was honoured to host its co-founder and scientist Dr. Gregor Reid at our Volunteer and Membership Meeting on October 30th. We were glad to have been joined by Western students to hear more about Dr. Reid's inspiration behind probiotic research and how the use of these micro-organisms can translate into the betterment of people’s lives across the globe!
Western Heads East Fundraising and Education Committee organized a fun volunteering trip to Ronald McDonald House on November 2 and 3. Together the volunteers made fresh probiotic yogurt and baked Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies. Take a look at the days’ activities.
Africa Western Collaboration Day is an annual event that occurs during International Week. This year, it was a success with 3 Pecha Kucha presentations by students who did work/research in Africa, diverse booths, and posters from students and programs that are engaged with work or research on the African continent. The highlight of the evening was the keynote speaker Morten Jerven who spoke on the need for adequate numerical representation of the economic status of African countries. We concluded the evening with a fun fashion show from African Students Association. A memorable and informative day for those that attended!
Annually, the Fundraising and Education Committee arranges an online auction to raise funds for expanding our current projects with our African partners. This year, with a generous donation of $1000 from Samuel Son & Co., and the support of the Western community, we raised $2479. Thank you to our generous donors and dedicated bidders for making this event a success! Stay tuned for the annual auction next year!
The Bake + Smoothie Sale was held in the International Graduate and Affairs Building this year on January 18th. Members of the committee brought in homemade baked goods and smoothies made from probiotic yogurt to be sold. With various items including cookies, cupcakes, and banana bread, the event was a success with consistent sales throughout the day. The proceeds from the bake+smoothie sale were put towards initiatives with partners in East Africa. Look out for future bake sales!