Friends of the OCMC on FaceBook and Twitter donated more than $3,000.00 for medicines to Tanzania in the Mission Centers first ever social media campaign. Thank you to all who supported this worthy cause.
During the month of February and into the first week of March, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) held its first-ever social media fundraising campaign. The primary goal was to raise $2,500 to be used for medicines for the OCMC healthcare team traveling to Tanzania this fall. The secondary goal was to use social media to help spread awareness about Orthodox missions and the OCMC.
At the end of the fundraising campaign, friends of the Mission Center on FaceBook and Twitter exceeded the monetary goal by donating $3,005 for medicines to Tanzania. These funds will accompany the OCMC team that will serve communities that otherwise go without healthcare services by treating people with malaria, pneumonia, STDs, TB, and infections from AIDS free of charge.
In addition to being thrilled that the fundraiser was successful, OCMC was also very happy at the amount of awareness that was spread during the campaign and the heartfelt prayers that accompanied each gift of support. The OCMC FaceBook fan base grew by over 500 fans due to many of those who shared the campaign with their friends, families, and parishes on FaceBook, and it was exciting to see people participate in missions through this new medium. If you’d like to become part of the OCMC FaceBook community, visit http://www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChristianMissionCenter, or you can follow the OCMC on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OCMC.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Per the direction of His Eminence Jeronymos, the OCMC healthcare team serving in Tanzania in October, 2013 is now slated to offer healthcare through the Resurrection Health Centre in Bukoba. The funds raised during the social media campaign will be donated to the Holy Archdiocese of Tanzania to purchase much needed medication for the Centre. Normally, patients that are able to contribute to the cost of their medical care certainly do so which, in turn, helps assure the continued operation of the Centre. However, those without the means to pay receive full treatment without charge. An added advantage of the healthcare team’s serving at the clinic will be that sustained care and treatment may be provided to their patients after the team’s departure. Your financial help, together with the selfless contribution of time and skills from medical professionals on this team, will affect the lives and health of many to the glory of God!