Medicines Global announces Allied Feather & Down’s sustaining 3-Year donation. This donation will advance the services provided by Medicines Global to deliver much-needed medicines in far-reaching developing regions of the world.
Matthew Betcher, Creative Director, Allied Feather & Down, and Daniel Uretsky, President of Allied Feather & Down, were introduced to Johanna and Janice Belson, Founders and Co-Directors of Medicines Global by Ann Krcik at The North Face at the Come Back to Nepal Outdoor Industry Breakfast, August 5, 2015. Ann Krick had been a Medicines Global advisor since its inception in 1999.
The introduction has created a strategic partnership between Allied Feather & Down and Medicines Global. Medicines Global 20-year programs have included several Nepal Rx medicine deliveries as well as dozens of international humanitarian relief expeditions.
“…Becoming a Sustaining Sponsor of Medicines Global is a natural fit for Allied Feather & Down. It’s what’s inside that counts, is a driving force for our company. The innovative ideas that Medicines Global has created to encourage adventure travelers to give back basic first aid supplies wherever they travel in combination with their successful programs of providing wilderness experiences for youth has given us the great opportunity to join forces with Medicines Global to create a more healthy, peaceful world…” explained Matthew Betcher.
The North Face and several outdoor manufactures have sponsored Medicines Global’s international Rx deliveries including multiple deliveries to Nepal, with personal members of the outdoor industry including Greg Wozer of LEKI USA and Chris Gubera of Adventure Medical Kits.
Medicines Global was established in 1999 to inspire adventure travelers to give back to places they visit by delivering basic first aid supplies to medical centers and remote community-run health posts. Since 1999, 18 expeditions have taken place to Nepal, Mongolia, Tibet, Guatemala, India, Ecuador, Siberia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.
In 2004 Medicines Global created the Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador (MGOYA) programs to introduce the love of outdoor adventure to local urban youth.
The North Face Explore Fund grants launched Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador innovative programs Get Kids Moving and Next Generation Wilderness. MGoya’s partner organizations include the Los Angeles Unified School District; the Los Angeles Police Department; Los Angeles City Government; Erewhon Organic Grocer & Cafe; Adventure 16; and the Joshua Tree National Park Staff.
Medicines Global has received fiscal and in-kind support from Kindhumans; LEKI USA; RedWing/Vasque; Osprey; Adventure Medical Kits; GoPro; Klean Kanteen; Avon Rent-A- Van; Whole Foods Market; Helly Hansen; guidance; Big Agnes; Mountain HardWear; Box Brothers; KEEN; Cascade Designs; Acorn; Arc’Teryx; Millennia Music & Media Systems; Peace Cereal; Smith Optics; Operation USA; Smartwool; Staples; Adidas Outdoor.
Pictured: Annapurna Trail 2016 Rx delivery included 100,000 individual doses of anti-bacterial cream and life-saving antibiotics for 3 Kathmandu hospitals.