The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) will host a VIP reception to welcome Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, as a part of Project C.U.R.E.’s exclusive invite-only event on March 17. This event will be held in conjunction with the 2016 First Ladies Luncheon in Scottsdale on March 18, which will offer support to deliver much-needed medical relief to the people of Kenya.
At the VIP reception sponsored by SCNM, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta and Event Chair Mrs. Cindy McCain will join VIP guests of both Project C.U.R.E and SCNM to kick off the First Ladies Initiative. This initiative will help raise awareness of global healthcare needs—particularly those in Kenya. Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta will work with Project C.U.R.E. to select healthcare facilities where the supplies and equipment are most needed in her country.
The VIP reception will feature entertainment by the Kawambe Omowale African Drum and Dance Theater, as well as Iyanifa Marilyn Adeokantomi Akoda Torres-Sierra, an ordained traditional storyteller, who will share traditional folktales, stories and songs with origins spanning across the African continent.
This fundraising initiative is projected to deliver more than $2 million in desperately needed medical relief to vulnerable communities in Kenya, and 100 percent of all funds raised will be committed to improving maternal and child health, as well as decreasing maternal mortality (the second leading cause of death in the country).
Established in 2006, Project C.U.R.E.’s First Ladies Luncheon is a major fundraising event that helps showcase the humanitarian efforts of First Ladies from around the world. This annual event has resulted in the delivery of more than $17 million in medical relief to developing countries.
About Project C.U.R.E.
Project C.U.R.E. is an international relief organization, headquarter in Denver, with 20 distribution and collection centers across the United States, and is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E has delivered more than $500 million worth of in-kind donations and medical program services benefitting impoverished people living in 132 countries. To learn more about Project CU.R.E., visit www.projectcure.org.
About Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) trains future physicians to focus on prevention, wellness and lifestyle changes, which addresses the root cause of the majority of the problems plaguing Americans. Located in Tempe, and founded in 1993, SCNM is an accredited higher-learning institution offering a four-year medical program. Adjacent to the college, the SCNM Medical Center is the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest and offers family and primary care using integrative modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, manipulation and pharmacology. It has more than 40 doctors and more than 200 student clinicians. For more information, visit www.scnm.edu.
About Friends of Africa International
Founded in 1988, Friends of Africa International is a U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofit also registered as an international NGO in Kenya that supports and initiates programming and projects to promote a sustainable, healthy and prosperous future for Africa’s indigenous people, wildlife and natural habitats. Through conservation, sustainable development, healthcare infrastructure and education initiatives, Friends of Africa International endeavors to facilitate favorable conditions toward maintaining ecological balance, upholding human dignity and preserving cultural heritage of Africa’s indigenous people.