Unusual competition raises money to improve health in Haiti

WHAT: “Chipotle Mile 2010,” a fund-raiser for the Project Haiti student group at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Competitors take part in a series of burrito-themed competitions, like the 4×100-meter burrito baton relay and the burrito toss. The events are comical, but the intent is serious: Proceeds benefit the medical students’ work in Haiti, including their upcoming medical mission trip to the earthquake-ravaged country.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: On the campus of the UT Health Science Center, at the track outside the Spectrum Athletic Club at Babcock Road and Merton Minter Street.

WHO: Students from the UT Health Science Center’s School of Medicine who are active in the Project Haiti student group. Project Haiti works in partnership with Project Medishare, a nonprofit that works to bring quality health care to Haiti. Project Haiti receives support from the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center.

Project Haiti raises money for various projects, including medical mission trips. Days before a major earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Project Haiti students and faculty advisers passed through the Haitian capital on their way home from a medical mission in the country’s Central Plateau region. Another medical mission is planned for this spring.

Project Haiti also raises money for other endeavors, including a Project Medishare-run nutrition center in Thomonde, which produces a nutritional supplement calls Akamil that helps ward off malnutrition in poor families. The center also includes a treatment center for advanced childhood malnutrition.

NOTES: Food for the event was donated by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Spectators are welcome, and food also will be provided for them.
The registration fee for competitors is $15 per person and $50 for a team of four. That price includes a T-shirt and burrito for each person. To register call Jodi O’Leary at (210) 567-2654.

Donations to Project Haiti also can be made by visiting http://www.texashumanities.org/haiti.cfm.


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