WHO: University of Rhode Island students are fighting global childhood malnutrition, spreading the word and raising money for Edesia with the #MakeYourGreenCount Plumpy’Nut Challenge, a March social media campaign encouraging people to “get their green on” and donate by St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
#MakeYourGreenCount plays off the “getting your green on” associated with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the idea of making your green – your money – count for something important. URI students, faculty, staff and administrators will participate.
WHAT: Edesia is a Providence-based nonprofit that makes a vitamin-packed peanut-butter paste distributed by humanitarian groups to children throughout the world, from Niger to Pakistan.
WHERE: Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston campus.
WHEN: Monday, March 2, 2015, 2 to 4 p.m.
WHY: Some 220 million children worldwide suffer from malnutrition, a condition that not only leads to serious health problems but also death. Students, alumni, business leaders and local celebrities are being asked to donate $5 and challenge 10 others to do the same. The cost of a life-saving seven-week treatment of Plumpy’nut is just $55.