This post was written by Nicolette Stasiak, who helps lead the CURE U chapter at the University of Alabama.
CURE has been an official organization at the University of Alabama for just over a year now, but so much has been accomplished already. Never did we dream that such a small group of people could grow so quickly and make an impact on this campus like we have. It was not easy by any means, but through faith, willpower, and support from friends and family, we quickly learned that all things are possible.
In January 2015, we became official and kicked things off with a fundraiser through a local yogurt place and began planning for the fall semester, where we would really start to grow. During the first few weeks of the fall semester, we had an event called “Get on Board Day,” where freshmen visit tables set up by each club and fill out interest forms. We had over 300 people show interest in our organization! We held a few more fundraisers, including an event at Chick Fil-A and a bake sale in our student center. The best part of our fall semester was co sponsoring a fellowship night/fundraiser with another Christian organization. It was a great night raising money for the kids, playing games, and pie-ing our presidents in the face, for charity of course! 2015 was a year of learning for our executive team. We learned not only about ourselves and became closer to our Lord, but we learned to trust one another, plan events, and truly bring knowledge of such an awesome organization to our large campus.
As 2016 was about to begin, we held onto the idea of “more”—more events, more presence on campus, more trust in the Lord, and more money for those sweet kids in Uganda. We were determined to not only make progress on funding a surgery but to grow our organization, too. We have held five fundraisers, and our chance to fund a surgery is closer than ever! Our biggest event this semester was our first annual Spring Swing that was attended by 60+ people! It was a night full of good ol’ Southern swing dancing and lemonade. We are so proud of this event and cannot wait to see it flourish in the future. As the school year comes to a close, we are back planning for next year. We have high hopes for this upcoming year and cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for this amazing chapter.
Beginning a chapter on a campus where there are over 400 other student organizations is not easy, and I cannot stress that enough. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and just want to give up all hope, but waking up in the morning and looking at updates from the sweet kids at the CURE hospital in Uganda means so much. In the end, it does not really matter how many students attend our meetings, how many Facebook likes we have, or the size of the organization on campus. What truly matters is that we are making a difference in the lives of kids in Uganda; we are not only helping them find healing, but we are giving them hope and faith in our Lord. So next time you feel like you are not making a difference or you have lost all hope, remember Luke 9:2 and think about how even a small donation can help change their lives forever.
And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:2