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ONE at Carthage receives national recognition

  • ONE at Carthage has received national recognition for its work to fight global child malnutrition in November 2012.
    ONE at Carthage has received national recognition for its work to fight global child malnutrition in November 2012.
    Carthage College
November 12, 2012

ONE at Carthage has received national recognition for its work to fight global child malnutrition. The national ONE organization — a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease — has named Carthage’s ONE chapter the winner of its second challenge in the ONE Campus Challenge.

ONE at Carthage is now in the running for a top spot in the national competition, in which colleges earn points for their efforts to support ONE’s mission. Out of 100 schools, Carthage is in fourth place overall. (See the leaderboard.)

“I’m excited by the amazing strides we’ve made already, and I expect the organization’s success to grow as time goes on,” says Carthage ONE leader Trevor Wiles ‘14, a sociology major from Antioch, Ill.

ONE aims to fight poverty and preventable disease, especially in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support policies that could save lives. The national organization has held its ONE Campus Challenge every year since 2007. Colleges are tasked with a series of challenges and earn points for their success.

In the second challenge, “28 Days to THRIVE,” campus groups were asked to “eat and tweet” to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture programs that could combat global hunger. The challenge was three parts:

  • Educate your campus on smart agriculture investments.
  • Celebrate the sweet potato which, when coupled with other smart inventions, could potentially save 300 children every day.
  • Collect phone calls and letters to state leaders, and use Twitter to raise awareness.

ONE at Carthage “stood out from the rest,” reports the national organization. The group pushed for sweet potato dishes to be served in the Dining Commons and other eateries on campus, and encouraged students to tweet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make nutrition a priority. ONE at Carthage also gathered more than 200 petition signatures; mailed 78 letters to Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson; and made 15 phone calls to state leaders.

“These actions represent only a small amount of the amazing efforts Carthage students have put into the ONE campaign,” Trevor said. “ONE at Carthage is very thankful to all those who have given their time, energy and voices to fight against global poverty and preventable disease.”

The prize for winning Challenge 2 will be a visit from ONE Fellow and acclaimed author Roger Thurow. (Details will be announced soon.) Runners-up for Challenge 2 were the University of Texas-El Paso; Clark College; University of California-Irvine; and the University of Michigan.

ONE at Carthage is now focusing its efforts on the third and final challenge, “Face Off with HIV/AIDS.” Colleges are asked to hold an event for World AIDS Day.

The Grand Prize in the ONE Campus Challenge will be awarded to the top four schools each semester of the competition. Winning campuses will send two leaders to Washington this summer to serve on the ONE Campus Steering Committee.

If you are interested in joining the fight against global poverty and preventable disease, ONE at Carthage welcomes you. The group meets weekly at 7 p.m. Mondays in 128B. Contact Trevor Wiles at twiles@carthage.edu for more information.