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Khelkhal AUB

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Launching SHBPP's student volunteer initiative Khelkhal

Khelkhal is an initiative from the Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program at the AUB Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center, which aims to support the Medical Humanism Fund through fundraising initiatives, raise public awareness, and develop an understanding of bioethics, with volunteer involvement. With volunteers being the lifeblood of its program, Khelkhal aspires to continue its mission, hand in hand, to create a better tomorrow for unfortunate victims of poverty, negligence, and medical errors, and a pathway to a multi-faceted approach of ethics learning through fundraising, academic and non-academic events.

The initiative was launched in December 2019, which garnered the involvement of a significant number of medical students as well as undergraduate AUB students. In its first official activity, Khelkhal collaborated with AUBMCares and Food Blessed to organize a donation drive on the occasion of the Christmas holidays, whereby stations to collect donations of various essentials, including food, clothes, and house supplies, were set up around the AUBMC campus. The initiative amassed a generous amount of donations, which were distributed to underprivileged communities and families struggling under the current economic crisis. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the drive. Volunteers also organized 

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Launched in December 2019, Khelkhal is a student volunteer initiative from the SHBPP, which aims to support the Medical Humanism Fund through fundraising initiatives, raising public awareness, and developing an understanding of bioethics. With volunteers being the lifeblood of its program, Khelkhal aspires to continue its mission, hand in hand, to create a better tomorrow for unfortunate victims of poverty, negligence, and medical errors, and a pathway to a multi-faceted approach of ethics learning through fundraising, academic and non-academic events. In 2020, Khelkhal organized a number of fundraising and outreach activities under the outstanding leadership of medical student Mr. Bashar Hassan, and with the help of the programme's dedicated and passionate student volunteers.


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Khelkhal's Food and Clothes Drive (February 9-23, 2020

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  • Khelkhal's Book Drive (March 3-6, 2020)


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MoPH COVID-19 Call Center (April 11, 2020). 


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"Speak Up: Dare to make your voices heard" (May 17, 2020) 


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Khelkhal's Trivia (June 18, 2020)

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  •  Khelkhal's Awareness Initiatives

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Khelkhal's aid collaboration for victims of the Beirut Blast (August 9 – October 24, 2020)

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  • Collaboration with Red Oak (August 17, 2020 - ongoing)

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  • "You've Got a Friend in Me" Initiative (November 8, 2020 - present)


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·         Khelkhal's Christmas Fundraiser (December 2- 31, 2020)

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Christmas collaboration with Mission Village (December 31, 2020)

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  • Weekly Ethical Dilemmas (ongoing)

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Certificates of Appreciation for Khelkhal 2019-2020 Volunteers
Upon completion of their participation in the activities for 2019-2020, Khelkhal volunteers received a certificate of appreciation for their efforts signed by Dr. Thalia Arawi (November 30, 2020).


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Fundraising with Khelkhal
Launched in December 2019, Khelkhal is a student volunteer initiative from the SHBPP, which aims to support the Medical Humanism Fund through fundraising initiatives, and to raise awareness and develop an understanding of bioethics among the public. With volunteers being the lifeblood of its program, Khelkhal aspires to continue its mission, to create a better tomorrow for unfortunate victims of poverty, negligence, and medical errors, and a pathway to a multi-faceted approach of ethics learning through fundraising, academic and non-academic events. In 2021, Khelkhal organized a number of fundraising and outreach activities under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Bashar Hassan and Mr. Joseph El Bachour, with the help of the program’s dedicated and passionate student volunteers.

Khelkhal’s collaboration with “Red Oak” and “ Bassma” (January 4, 2021) 
Purpose: This initiative aimed to support and listen to people who experienced the Beirut blast trauma and to help children cope with online learning as well as music, dance and art therapy
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“Heart for a Cause” Fundraiser (Feb 7, 2021)
Purpose: This fundraising initiative aimed at selling chocolates on the occasion of Valentine’s Day from which proceeds were used to buy food boxes and medication to families in need. 
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 Khelkhal’s collaboration with “Offre Joie” (March 15 - 20, 2021) 
Purpose: In support of resuming efforts to continue the rehabilitation works following the Beirut blast, this event took place at the reconstruction sites of Qarantina and Mar Mikhael whereby volunteers helped in transporting building materials, painting walls, fixing doors and more.

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 Khelkhal’s collaboration with the Medical Humanism Fund (April 27 - 28, 2021)
 Purpose: On occasion of World Immunization Week, a fundraiser sale was held in front of the AUB Saab Medical Library from which proceeds were used to support the MHF to help patients who are in need. 

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Khelkhal’s collaboration with “Feed the Need” (April 27, 2021) 
Purpose: During the holy month of Ramadan, Khelkhal collaborated with “Feed the Need” to support families in need by providing meals and entertainment at a local orphanage.

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Khelkhal’s collaboration with FoodBlessed (April 13 - May 12, 2021) 
Purpose: The “Fund a Feast” initiative also took place during the holy month of Ramadan in collaboration with FoodBlessed to organize a food donation drive to help needy families.

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Khelkhal’s outreach collaboration with the International College Ras Beirut and “4 All Causes” NGO (May 1, 2021) 
Purpose: A clothing and food donations drive was organized to help people in need.  

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The Gaza Bookshop Book Drive (June - July 2021) 
Purpose: Khelkhal volunteers contributed to the book drive for the Gaza bookshop initiated by SHBPP, whereby books were collected and donated to The Samir Mansour bookshop that was destroyed in the Gaza strip conflict in May 2021. Thanks to Mr. Khaled Kobayaa who picked up the boxes from SHBPP library and flew them all the way to Gaza. 

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Global Medical Ethics Day Activity (September 20, 2021) 
Purpose: Khelkhal volunteers organized a bioethics activity for medical students at the Saab Medical Library to commemorate the World Medical Ethics Day on September 18, 2021 and raise awareness on the importance of Ethics in Medicine and Biomedical research. Trivia-style questions and opinions were surveyed on medical and non-medical students around the university. 

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Kan Ya Makan Pediatrics Initiative (October 13 - December 7, 2021) 
Purpose: This initiative was established to provide entertainment and stress relief to patients of the AUBMC Pediatrics Outpatient Department. Volunteers from Khelkhal’s Volunteering Program read books and played games with the patients, helping to alleviate their anxiety prior to their clinic visit, and supporting the parents during the waiting time.

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The Ḫara Sale (October 25, 2021) 
Purpose: In another joint effort between Khelkhal and the Medical Humanism Fund Committee, the Ḫara Sale (which is our term for garage sale) under the name “الخري حارة “was organized to collect money for the Medical Humanism Fund which has been one of the major sources for paying for treatment of patients who cannot afford it at AUBMC. Donated items were collected from donors from inside and outside AUB throughout the month of October, and these items were later sold in the garage sale held in front of the Saab Medical Library. 

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Khelkhal’s outreach initiative with International College Ras Beirut Middle School صباح الخري و الزيت و الزعرت (January 11, 2022)
Purpose: Another outreach collaboration with the IC Middle School to help provide food for the students at public schools who have been forced to go without daily meals at school due to the extreme crisis that the country is going through. IC students collected generous food boxes which were delivered to Waqf Al Hamidy in Tripoli, to be distributed to students of the less privileged schools in the area. Great thanks to Mrs. Nour Nasr, IC’s community service director, for coordinating with us and helping kick-off this initiative with high spirits. 

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Kan Ya Makan Christmas activity (December 13 - 17, 2021) 
Purpose: This special edition of the Pediatrics volunteering program included a bit of Christmas cheer, with decorations and carols, as well as coloring sheets and songs. Volunteers spread the Christmas spirit with pediatrics patients at Outpatient Department (OPD) pediatric unit, singing Christmas carols and coloring Christmas-themed coloring pages with the children.  

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Weekly Ethical Dilemmas 
This was a series of social media posts targeting the most recent “hot topics” in bioethics of medicine and advancements. The campaign provided awareness about the subjects and a series of polls to survey public opinion and stimulate debate. Subjects included: Neonatal Gene Sequencing; Abortion; Physician Transparency; Physician Assisted Death and Euthanasia; Animal Xenotransplantation, among other exciting topics

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