Loma Linda volunteers help set world record
Members of Kairos Praise Band lead volunteers in song during a Stand Up event held Sunday evening on the Loma Linda University campus to help set the world record for the most number of people ever to stand up for a cause.
More than 110,000 Americans helped set a world record on Sunday, October 15. More than 100 of them were at Loma Linda University.
How did they do it? They simply stood up for a minute, and for a good reason—to fight poverty and poor health around the world.
The event was called Stand Up, and it has now earned a Guinness World Record for the most number of people ever to stand up in a 24-hour period for a cause.
A total of 23,542,614 people participated in 11,646 Stand Up events around the globe.
Stand Up was launched by the United Nations Millennium Campaign and backed by ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. It was designed to show support for the Millennium Development Goals, which are eight objectives the world’s countries have agreed to meet by the year 2015. They include targets such as cutting extreme poverty in half and providing primary education for all the world’s children.
During the event at LLU, participants not only stood up in support of their beliefs, they also learned more about poverty issues through talks presented by anti-poverty leaders. The speakers were David Gist, California regional organizer of relief organization Bread for the Worl
These people are not just standing up. These and other volunteers participated in a Stand Up event Oct. 15 at Loma Linda University to help set the world record for the most number of people ever to stand up for a cause.
d; Diane Gonzales, executive director of the Coastal Alliance, United Nations Association-USA; Ron Mataya, MD, chair of the global health department at LLU School of Public Health; and Stephanie Skillman, an LLU public health student and former Peace Corps volunteer to Guatemala.
Additionally, Kairos Praise Band from Campus Hill Church of Seventh-day Adventists led the crowd in worship songs to kick off the evening event, which was held at Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.
LLU public health student Melani Fellows was recruited by Stephanie Handler, California field organizer for the ONE Campaign, to help coordinate a Stand Up event at LLU. Ms. Fellows says she was glad to help. “I saw this as an awesome opportunity to shine a spotlight on important global issues and to create more awareness about the seriousness of global poverty and hunger among the Loma Linda community,” she says.
Both Ms. Fellows and Ms. Handler point out that local residents reside in a strategic Congressional district, because District 41 Representative Jerry Lewis chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee. This committee determines federal spending.
“This event offered an opportunity to show that the students at Loma Linda are concerned about global starvation and that we want to do something about it,” Ms. Fellows says.
By Heather Reifsnyder