Annual Rhodes GlobeMed 5k, Why it Matters, from the Memphian Perspective

Posted on March 7, 2014


By Celeste Lake

globemed2On March 22nd, 2014 at 10am, GlobeMed at Rhodes College will hold our 5th Annual 5K Fun(d) Run at Overton Park. This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and it gives us an excellent opportunity to vocalize our cause outside of our campus, and into the greater Memphis Community.

What exactly is our cause? We are a student-led, non-profit organization partnered with a community health organization called AMOS that serves families in rural Nicaragua. We have worked with AMOS on their water sanitation project for several years, and we have helped it grow significantly. All of the money that we raise helps to fund water filters for families that do not have access to clean drinking water.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to work with AMOS and I saw how important their work is to the communities. The locals travel far distances, up hills, and through muddy, dangerous terrain, to find drinking water. In most cases, this drinking water is contaminated with bacteria that can cause water-borne illnesses.

globemed4We value AMOS because they are unique and effective by not indiscriminately “throwing money” at an issue. AMOS partners with rural communities and works hand-in-hand to create solutions. During my time in Nicaragua, I was inspired to see the tremendous impacts of the clean water that the Rhodes GlobeMed chapter helped provide.

As a native Memphian, this project is particularly dear to my heart, being that our water quality in the Bluff City is among the purest in the nation. Before serving in Nicaragua, I never thought twice about a twenty-minute shower, the water I use to brush my teeth, or even the water I use to flush the toilet. It’s always just been a way of life. In Memphis, water is taken for granted and wasted, but in some communities in Nicaragua, clean water is unattainable without the support of AMOS and GlobeMed at Rhodes College.

That is why this 5K Fun(d) Run is such an exciting event. As students, we get to connect our passion for social justice and weave it within our own local community. Most of our staff members are very active in the Memphis community, but it is rare that we get to share our passion for global health equity with those in our own neighborhoods. Martin Luther King’s words, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” have always resonated with me. This 5K is a fantastic opportunity to help to bridge the gap that spans global injustice.

globemed3Further, as a Rhodes College Track athlete, I know the running community in Memphis is phenomenal and it would be incredible to have your support! To sign up and support go to

Celeste Lake is a junior at Rhodes College.

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