Wendy Ng Kwong Sang
Program:Bachelor of Science Degree
I am in my fourth year, Biomedical Science. Throughout my academic career, I have sought opportunities to help others and evolve as a student and humanitarian.
My first volunteer trip was in freshman year. My plan was to apply to veterinary college, so I went to Guatemala to help vets in remote areas. I learned a lot on that trip and our team’s medical attention to the livestock in rural communities was welcome and critical.
But I also learned a lot about myself in Guatemala. I greatly enjoyed the community and realized that my true passion was more in line with providing healthcare to the people in underserved countries.
On returning to campus, I joined the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). WUSC is focused on improving education, employment and empowerment opportunities for youth, women and refugees.
I also participate in a charity called Bracelet of Hope that addresses the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, South Africa. I help with fundraising, event preparation and hosting of events such as Yoga for Hope. The funds raised are reserved for a comprehensive wellness center/clinic in Lesotho. Almost 1 in 4 people is infected with HIV in Lesotho and the clinic treats over 2,000 patients each month.
To raise awareness, I created a video of fundraising events for the Bracelet of Hope’s World AIDS Gala dinner in Guelph and I will record other fundraisers for the benefit of the wellness center.
I hope to volunteer with an NGO or attend a relevant conference with the Summerlee Humanitarian Scholarship. My dream is to travel with Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik and her team to Lesotho and I will apply for a travel grant with the hope that I can meet the community of Lesotho and assist Dr. Zajdlik and the nurses at the clinic.
I plan to video journal the efforts in Lesotho to raise awareness and to show the positive impact that the humanitarian efforts continue to make.
After I graduate, I will go to medical school because I want to advance my humanitarian efforts by joining UNICEF and providing professional relief for underserved communities around the world.
My deepest thanks go to the Angel Gabriel Foundation, the funding from which the Summerlee Humanitarian Scholarships were created. Donor generosity is at the beginning of my own journey to make a positive global impact and my gratitude and respect for your humanity will stay with me at every step. Thank you.