Nearly Naked Mile to Benefit Interfaith Jamaica Medical Mission Trip

November 18, 2009


Xavier University students will shed "nearly all" their clothes and/or dress Jamaican-style, despite the chill, TOMORROW Thursday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m., for the newly-resurrected Nearly Naked Mile. Participants race one mile through the Xavier campus to raise funds to send 13 pre-professional health students to service in Jamaica from January 2-9. Call 513-745-3569 for information. The cost to run is $15. Shirts are $10 each.
The race begins in front of the Husman Residence Hall on Herald Avenue, near Bellarmine Chapel. Runners race down the residential mall, touch a gate by the intramural fields, and return to finish in front of Husman. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and for the twofastest male and female “Nearly Naked” runners. Given that the average person can run a mile in 10-15 minutes, the students won’t be chilly for long. Their efforts will help warm the hearts of many, however.

In January, before Xavier classes resume, thirteen Xavier students will go to Jamaica on an interfaith/medical mission trip.  A doctor and nurse from TriHealth will join the group, as will the founding director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, Rabbi Abie Ingber.  The students will shadow the medical professionals in the mountain health centre in Steertown, Jamaica.  They will meet theologians of different faith traditions common in and native to Jamaica.
“In the midst of America’s passionate debate about healthcare,” says Ingber, “Xavier students will come face to face with a Jamaican community desperate for any medical attention. The students will shadow professionals from TriHealth in serving hundreds of impoverished residents of Steertown, Jamaica. While immersing themselves in Jamaican culture, they will reflect on the multicultural and interfaith diversity of their own group members. Not only will our Xavier students do good, they will grow professionally in the process. As we spend our week in Jamaican poverty, I want them to reflect on the diversity of this world and on how their different faith traditions brought them all to this same place to use their education to serve an impoverished community. Simply put, we are trying to develop the next generation of American leadership both at home and in our larger world community.”