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Volunteers Around the World sells flowers for medical trip

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Each of the Volunteers Around the World Global flowers were sold for $5. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

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Flowers were everywhere on campus as Valentine’s Day drew near and UNK was ready to celebrate. Volunteer Around the World Global Health Alliances sold flowers to any student who wanted to give someone a token of appreciation. 

Students could send roses to their peers to celebrate the holiday and express their appreciation.

“Our fundraising chair thought of this and we partnered with Hy-Vee to get flowers to sell to students,” said Skylar Miess, member of UNK VAW Global.

VAW Global sold flowers from Feb. 12-14. Any student who bought flowers also got two candies and a paper heart on which the sender could write a message. 

VAW Global is a global health organization committed to sustainable and equal partnerships with local communities worldwide. 

“They do clinicals and you can volunteer,” said Zane Zoucha, member of UNK VAW Global. “It’s a great way to meet new people and get new experiences. They have a lot of different ways to get college students and high school students interested in volunteering.”    

The UNK branch encourages students to engage with communities and help the less fortunate. The flower sale that VAW Global put on this year is part of the yearly fundraisers they do to make money for trips, medical supplies and clinics that they run on the trips they take.

“We are doing some fundraising throughout the school year to try and get some extra funds so we can all go,”  Zoucha said. 

This year, VAW Global wants to take students to Peru to help out the local hospitals and clinics. 

“It is to sponsor our trip that we’re taking this summer to Peru, and it also goes towards medical supplies and then all the necessary medication that we need for the clinic,” said Anna Lindstrom, member of UNK VAW Global.  

The students who go on the trip to Peru will get to help locals and learn from local professionals. 

“We’re going to do clinicals underneath some doctors in Peru,” Zoucha said. “We’re going to do some vital signs, check people into the hospitals and just help out.”

The clinical work that students do in Peru will give them not only experience but gives them a chance to help others in need. 

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