The Global Medical and Dental Brigades has been a student-run organization at The University of South Florida for many years now. Each year, they plan a fundraising event for their annual medical mission trip and this year was no exception.
In 2015, members were able to raise almost $40,000 and travel Nicaragua together. They hope to reach the same goal this year to get them to Honduras in May.
Although the mission trips last only nine days, their fundraising events begin early in the school year. They collect medical and hygienic supplies to bring with them and they participate in health and safety courses. The members also take part in everyday biomedical science courses to prepare them for assisting at clinics with health officials.
Member and medication chair for the organization, Kristin DeMayo, was proud to play a huge part in planning their first, of hopefully many, Bubble Soccer Tournament.
“It will be a comprehensive public health mission trip while we’re there,” she said.
The trip will include service projects like building sidewalks and outhouses.
At the tournament, teams of four suited up in large, plastic Body Zorb bubble suits to play five minute games against each other.
“[I] bruised some knees but it’s for a great cause,” Sara Galvis, a participant, said.
The Global Medical and Dental Brigades is already thinking of ways to make the tournament bigger and better for next year.