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Free Community Health Fair - Adeepa Singh is a resident of the Bronx and a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University, 5/5/2011
"I knew the founders of ICA from college and heard about the positive mission of the organization. As a Guyanese-American medical student, I have been particularly concerned about the high rates of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes among Indo-Caribbeans. As a future health provider, I was interested in getting involved and giving back to my community. I approached Faudia about volunteering with ICA and expressed my concerns about community wellness. She was very receptive and quickly identified the Indian Arrival Day festival as an ideal setting for a health fair. I organized eight other volunteers (including pre-medical and medical students), and with equipment donated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and the SUNY Upstate Office of Multicultural Affairs, we prepared to set out for Richmond Hill. We set up six booths and by the end of the day, we served over two hundred people! It was an incredible and personally rewarding experience. I appreciate the work ICA does and look forward to partnering with them again in the years to come. If you're looking to volunteer and make positive change for the Indo-Carribean communtiy, I encourage you to contact ICA."
The Health Fair was held on May 23rd, 2010 at Smokey Oval Park in Richmond Hill, Queens. Close to 300 residents were served. We appreciate ICF for allowing us to hold this event during their Indian Arrival Day festival, and most importantly, all the volunteers: Adeepa Singh, Lisa Megnauth, Shaunna Escobar, Karstina Wong, Amy Loc, Preeti Paliwal, Melinee Parasram, Malcom Jenkins, Priyanka Singh.
"I first learned about ICA while browsing the Internet for local community organizations. From that, I met Richard who told me more about ICA. We developed a relationship and I was happy to take part in any ICA related community issues and activities. I am currently a mentor in the PRYDE program where I am paired up with a high school student. I really enjoy being a mentor; it's been a great way to give something back. Knowing I am a positive influence on a youth in the community is very rewarding. ICA is doing a great job helping and advocating for the Indo-Caribbean community and I am proud I can help it with its mission."