By Amanda Blazek
NSH Impact Week here at Northwestern kicked off Sunday night, with the seven opposing teams joining for a dinner of Indian food and team rallying before the week of rivalry ahead. GlobeMed had a strong turnout and (I would say) the loudest cheering section.
Impact Week stretches from May 4th to May 10th and is hosted by Northwestern Student Holdings – an entrepreneurial student group that launches and finances on-campus businesses. For NSH Impact week, each NSH business has been paired with an on-campus philanthropy to raise money and awareness for each club and cause.
GlobeMed has six strong competitors this week including Peer Health Exchange, Best Buddies, Tufaan, NCDC, Applause for a Cause and Mimo. Each team made a video representing their organization and the work it does. As with all things in today’s world, the competition boils down to the number of votes, or “Likes”, on social media. Whichever video is most popular will receive the grand prize.
As of now, NSH has donated $2500 for the Impact Week prizes, ranging from $1000 for the grand prize to $100 for the 7th place prize. But this week is also about fundraising. Donations can be made online to increase the monetary prize for each philanthropy, providing even more support for each cause.
Most importantly, this week is about raising awareness for each organization and their work. As the token orange balloons of Impact Week appear all over campus, NSH hopes to encourage others to reach out and get involved. Although the NSH money will tremendously help each organization, the long-term support from the NU community will be even more impactful.
So stop by the arch this week, where a tent will be set up every day selling raffle tickets and handing out orange balloons. But most importantly, go to http://www.nshimpact.com/#