Manifesto

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Candidate for the position of Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières Society - President

Shanthavi WIJAYAKUMAR

 

    In the future I hope to spend a significant portion of my time volunteering for MSF. I have always been inspired by the articles in the MSF newsletters and this is in fact the main reason I chose to study medicine. My parents were born at a time of civil war in Sri Lanka and due to this faced many adversities. Political unrest and crisis seems somewhat persistent and inevitable in our society; it would be naive of me to say that we could combat this issue instantaneously. However I do believe we can somewhat ease the symptoms of crisis by providing our service to the people affected. Joining the KCL MSF team will be a step in the right direction of my overall goal and I very much look forward to meeting like-minded people.

 

As a society we could be hosting more events. The beginners french course was a great idea so next year we can provide different language courses at various levels as well. We can talk to KCL MLC , the diverse KCL student body or other charities to help us achieve this. In addition we can have more inspirational speakers talk about their experience at MSF and describe the various roles out there within the organisation. This will also be great for individuals to learn about the skills needed to enhance their application to work with the charity. Another possibility would be to invite speakers to talk about the different crisis/ political culture that the various countries face. This will be an interesting talk for all, especially someone like me who is not undertaking a humanities degree. Moreover we can organise several fundraising events and shows to boost our donation to MSF.