MedShare's 2nd Annual Talk & Taste Fundraiser

by John Frank June 30, 2016

MedShare's 2nd Annual Talk & Taste Fundraiser

MedShare honorees Dr. Noha Aboelata (left), Sister Ijeoma Okoye Op (middle), and Emily Rymland (right) with Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon (middle-left) and MedShare CEO Charles Redding (middle-right)

According to Healthcare Without Harm, U.S. hospitals generate more than two million tons of medical waste each year, with the majority of that waste being unused supplies and equipment. MedShare, a non-profit humanitarian organization, eliminates this problem. Through the recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies, MedShare is revolutionizing the healthcare community by extending access to those less fortunate. At FGS&Co., we value the integrity of such humanitarian causes and are proud to support MedShare as one of our cause partners.

After last years' success, FGS&Co. returned to MedShare's 2nd Annual Talk and Taste fundraising event on June 23. Surrounded by humanitarians and philanthropists, guests enjoyed themselves with food, beverages, and frequent stops by the FGS&Co. booth.


Aside from the festivities, the centerpiece of the event was MedShare's three honorees: Emily Rymland (right), Dr. Noha Aboelata (left), and Sister Ijeoma Okoye Op (middle). With the support of MedShare, these individuals have improved the quality of life for people and communities across the world.

After being exposed to the threatening reality of HIV/AIDS, Emily Rymland, a medical mission leader, nurse practitioner, and international philanthropist, took it upon herself to open Em's Health Clinic and provide care to the rural communities of Uganda. Emily was then fortunate enough to be introduced to MedShare, which Emily described as, "the best shopping spree I have ever gone on." MedShare supplies and transports equipment for the clinic, making Emily's clinic the first permanent establishment to offer health services in Kibaale District, Uganda. Em's Health Clinic is open for 365 days of the year, cares for nearly 300 people every month, and is helping save a community that has been forgotten by the Ugandan government.

Second to speak was Dr. Noha Aboelata, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Roots Clinic that provides care and counseling to the homeless population of East Oakland. Initially, Dr. Noha and her colleague operated as a two-person team providing residence-based health services to the locals. With MedShare's aid, Roots Clinic blossomed into an established, multi-service, healthcare organization. Roots Clinic still continues to provide mobile health support through their Oakland Street Team Outreach Medical Program (S.T.O.M.P.), but have expanded their services to aid a wider range of patients. Roots Clinic now supports around 10,000 patients, has a staff of 40 people, and shows no signs of slowing down. 

The final honoree to speak was Sister Ijeoma Okoye Op, the Chief Administrator of St. Dominic Catholic Hospital. The St. Dominic Catholic hospital is located in one of the poorest regions of Nigeria, and has constantly struggled to obtain the necessary supplies for proper health care. MedShare has allowed Sister Ijeoma's hospital to thrive and continue servicing underprivileged women and children. St. Dominic Catholic Hospital now has the means to offer free HIV and malaria testing.

Among the biddings, donations, and other fundraising efforts, MedShare managed to raise over $25,000 in a single night. These funds will go directly towards further supporting humanitarians like Emily, Dr. Noha, and Sister Ijeoma. FGS&Co. is honored to support MedShare, which continues to prove its immeasurable value to the healthcare community, blessing each organization it touches with success.  

You, too can support MedShare by shopping with FGS&Co. and entering the code MEDSHARE when checking out. 25% of the proceeds will go directly to MedShare. It feels great to give back!





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