Sarah Connor, a junior at Philander Smith College in Arkansas, selected Imagine No Malaria as the charity she would like to support through her reign as Miss Philander Smith College.
“It’s a really good charity to inform people about,” said the social work major. She said she learned of the charity through Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow, director of the Office of Religious Life at the United Methodist-affiliated college in Little Rock. Philander Smith College is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities associated with the denomination.
“I looked up malaria when I was a Global Justice volunteer last summer and traveled to China. I didn’t have to take medicine for malaria but those traveling to Africa had to take medicine,” she said.”I wanted to know what it was.”
The school’s motto is Think Justice , she said, and “I think fighting malaria is one way to create a more just world. She wanted to focus on ending death and suffering from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
Connor has designated the proceeds from four events from Oct. 31 through Nov. 8 to benefit Imagine No Malaria. The events were:
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m. A party with a purpose “Halos & Horns,” 8:30 p.m., Kendall Science Center. Partygoers will pay a $3, $5, or $7 admission fee depending on whether they want access to the heavenly, underworldly, or both areas of the party.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Malaria Awareness Session. Cathy Hall Hughes, church liaison with the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, presented an informational session about the devastating effects of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, where over 600,000 people, most children under age 5 and pregnant women, die each year. She discussed the Imagine No Malaria initiative.
Both events were held in the Kendall Science Center on the Philander Smith College campus.
On Nov. 4, there was a Student vs. Alumni Basketball Game in Mims Gymnasium. Current students, coached by Dr. Johnny Moore, the college’s president with went head to head against Philander alumni, coached by the college’s women’s basketball coach, Brandon Greenwood. The alumni won.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Kendall Science Center. A gala event will follow Connor’s coronation as Miss Philander Smith College,. Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for all others.
For tickets or information, contact Sarah Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (733) 641-1678.
In addition, Ms. Connor is the first Miss PSC to participate in, “The Ultimate Reign Competition” sponsored by Verizon Wireless. This competition is for HBCU Kings and Queens. The winner will receive $15,000 towards his/her community service project. Votes can be cast once a day at www.verizoninsider.com/TheUltimateReign.
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child under 5 or pregnant woman. www.imaginenomalaria.org.