Greater Trail students serving up meal for fundraiser

Selkirk nursing students are holding a rice and beans dinner to raise funds for an educational trip to Guatemala

Add onions, garlic, tomatoes, rice, soaked beans, and stir.

Those are a few of the ingredients that third year nursing students will be serving up on Feb. 1 at the Trail United Church.

The rice and beans fundraiser is to raise money for an educational trip to Guatemala for ten Selkirk College and University of Victoria nursing students.

The three-week trip is scheduled for the end of April.

Students will travel to the community of Sipikapa; free trade zones surrounding Guatemala City; rural highlands; and the remote northeastern jungle of Peten.

The future nurses are hoping to learn more about how community development impacts health outcome, said Selkirk student nurse, Caitlin Marynowski.

Through first hand experience, I want to learn how we, as nursing students, can empower others to build capacity to achieve optimal health, she added.

“I hope to gain an appreciation for societal and political issues that can impact health and health outcomes,” said Marynowski.

“And apply this knowledge to my nursing practice here in Canada.”

The traditional Central American meal costs ten dollars at the door, and will be served from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Cornbread, coleslaw, coffee and dessert are included.

There will be a silent auction and live music.

Students who traveled to Guatemala in 2012 will be giving a presentation about their trip.