Fundraising for The Surgical Foundation
Following the success of our fundraising efforts for The Surgical Foundation at the Congress in Belfast last year, where delegates generously donated more than £3,000 over the three day event, we will be holding another President’s Bike Challenge at the 2017 Congress in Glasgow!
The format will be the same as last year, with teams of three racing against the ASGBI President’s team in the hope of covering the most ground during a fifteen minute sprint! Exercise bikes will be set up in the Exhibition Hall of the Congress, and if you would like to participate, please register your interest with Bhavnita Patel (email@example.com). You should submit a team name along with the names of all three team members, and Bhavnita will allocate a date and timeslot in due course.
FitLab in the Exhibition Hall
So that delegates can unwind between sessions, we will be featuring a FitLab in the Exhibition Hall. Here you will be able to test your endurance, dexterity, reactions and more with this interactive exhibit from the Glasgow Science Centre. We will also be adding a competitive element where prizes will be up for grabs! We will be requesting a small donation for participation in support of The Surgical Foundation so please don’t forget to stop by!
Why should I support The Surgical Foundation?
Through The Surgical Foundation’s International Bursary Scheme, ASGBI supports the training and development of surgical trainees based in low-income countries with the overall aim of improving surgical standards worldwide. Each bursary is worth £2,000 and enables trainees to experience two days in a UK or Irish hospital where they learn new techniques and skills, followed by three days at the ASGBI International Surgical Congress. In 2016 we welcomed two bursary winners to Belfast, and you can read their testimonies here.
The Surgical Foundation also provides surgical education and training in low-income countries through the International Development Committee, which runs on-site surgical skills courses, predominantly in Africa. Not only do these courses help to improve standards of surgical education in the region in the short-term, but they develop pupils into the surgical teachers of the future.
Closer to home, the Foundation supports surgical education and training by awarding the Moynihan Travelling Fellowship to an outstanding young surgeon from Great Britain or Ireland. More information on this Fellowship is available here, and the deadline for 2017 is Friday 29th September 2017.