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ONE at Wofford president wins trip to Africa

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2009-05-06

Moreno dedicated to fighting global poverty, preventable diseases

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Tomas Moreno, a Wofford College sophomore, is one of five students selected to participate in the national ONE Campus Challenge trip to Kenya this summer in the organization’s efforts to fight global poverty and preventable disease.

Moreno, president of ONE at Wofford, was instrumental in the campus being named the top ONE campus in the country recently, beating out the likes of the University of Michigan and the University of Florida for the right to host a concert by the hot new band Vampire Weekend.

The Modesto, Calif., native was among 20 students invited by ONE to submit applications and projects illustrating how they would use their experiences in Kenya to further raise awareness about the issues of extreme poverty in their local communities once back in the United States. The projects were reviewed by two separate judging panels – one consisting of ONE staff and another consisting of one of ONE’s board members, partners, and experts in development and advocacy.

The students were judged on their actions as individuals, without the assistance of their campus groups; actions considered included making telephone calls or writing letters to Congress, signing ONE’s online petitions, submitting letters to the editor of their local newspapers, and inviting new members to join ONE.

The group of five – including Moreno and students from the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, Luther College in Iowa, and Washington State University in Vancouver – will travel to Kenya July 25 through Aug. 1. The students “embody the qualities of ONE and the (ONE Campus Challenge,” according to a release by ONE. “This trip is meant to demonstrate to the five dedicated students how their tireless mobilization and advocacy work in the United States translates to real, positive change on the ground in Africa. Those selected will take what they learn abroad and use it to motivate and mobilize their fellow students in the fight against global poverty and preventable diseases in next year’s ONE Campus Challenge.”

To win the ONE Campus Challenge for Wofford, Moreno, ONE at Wofford vice president Sarah Moore, secretary Jessica Grantham and treasurer Christine Shelton and others in the ONE at Wofford group put together a project called "ONE Week to Change the World." It included teaching about ONE's issues in 29 classes across more than 10 majors, a rally and trivia night, an art contest, a film screening, outreach to sports teams, an interfaith ONE Sabbath, a panel discussion on trade and microcredit, partnerships with several other campus groups, fundraising for three charities and advocacy work on two different pieces of legislation. The Vampire Weekend concert was held April 24.