50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Ashley Debnam - MEDLIFE

50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Ashley Debnam


Ashley attended a Mobile Clinic in Lima, Peru last month, and raised $2,345 through the 50:50 Campaign — enough to cover her Mobile Clinic expenses AND sponsor a community development project! Learn more about how she did it in the interview below:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in neuroscience and psychology.

How did you hear about MEDLIFE?
There’s a chapter on my campus; I also heard about it from friends who had gone and recommended it to me.

What made you decide to do the 50:50 Campaign?
The trip was expensive, between the flight and the trip fee. I have a lot of friends and family that want to participate and help me with my goal of becoming a doctor, so I thought it would be a good way for me to get to come here, and for them to be involved.

How did you do it?
I wrote a little information on the campaign page, and basically sent it to everyone I knew. Slowly, people started sending me money and sending me emails saying “Congratulations, this is going to be a great trip and we just donated to your campaign.” It was really nice to see how many people wanted to help me out.

What would you recommend to other people doing the 50:50 Campaign?
I would just send it to anyone you know. I sent emails to my family and friends, and put a link on my Facebook, and a lot of people clicked on it and donated through there. Some people might not be able to donate, but you may as well try, and even if they can’t, I think that people would like to see what you’re doing and read about MEDLIFE. It’lll just give everyone a little more information about the organization.

Now that you’re here in Lima, what are your impressions so far?
It’s good! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s great so far. The people here are very nice, everyone’s been really helpful.

What’s been your favorite part of the Mobile Clinic?
I think the tour was my favorite part, because in the clinics you only see a small area, but in the tour you get to see so much and learn so much about the communities. It was really interesting when we saw the first MEDLIFE water project, and I was amazed that the money I raised could be enough to provide clean water for an entire community.