On Sunday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gymnasium of Ruth Murdoch Elementary School (Ruth Murdoch), the Andrews University chapter of the Enactus International Organization, a student organization sponsored by the School of Business Administration, hosted a health fair for Ruth Murdoch students, as well as their families and the community.
The overall goal of the event, as outlined by the event coordinator, Sarah Henry Saturne (senior, business administration), is to raise awareness of the importance of health in the community and to encourage Andrews University’s presence at Ruth Murdoch.
“We put it on as a conclusion to health sessions that we’ve been volunteering all year,” Henry Saturne. “We started in October, and we did first grade sessions. There is an acronym—C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N.— and each session, you go through one letter. We finished the letters and we’re still visiting them once a month this semester. This semester we also started teaching seventh and eighth graders. So this event is to culminate the entire thing and display everything they’ve learned.”
The fair was comprised of fourteen booths, featuring or sponsored by the following: The Department of Nursing, The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, The Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, The Department of Physical Therapy, University Health & Wellness, Brite Dental, Great Lakes Eye Care, a massage booth, an activity for seventh graders, an activity for eighth graders, Complementary Health & Restoration Class (I & II), a prayer booth, and a cooking demonstration. Screenings were available for those in need, and there was even a booth for kids to decorate capes and experience what it feels like to be a “super-health” superhero.
“We are here to shape the future for the better,” said Cinthia Costa (senior, nursing). “That means teaching them how to make good choices and how to take care of themselves. At our booth, the participants reach into a box full of paper slips, each of which has a health choice written on it. They get to take the slip with them, and choose to find ways to do that thing throughout the day.”
Overall, 61 volunteers, many of which hailed from various departments around the Andrews University campus, rallied together on this brisk Sunday afternoon to show support for this Enactus initiative and to invest in the young lives of the community. The event was strictly volunteer and donation-based, and facilitators generously gave their time to not only share health, but share the Gospel as well.
This is the third year Enactus has sponsored the C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N Health Fair, and Ruth Murdoch proved to be an optimal location, being that students were both comfortable and excited about the environment, and families, community members and eager The Student Movement reporters had easy access to the event.
“The inspiration for the event was to improve community togetherness, and I believe we made progress in doing that today,” said Henry Saturne, who was greatly pleased with the overall outcome of the project. “My thing is that I want to do community service, I want to serve. If you can make even a little change in the community, do it.”