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BUILD in Honor of Bonfire

BUILD, a student organization at Texas A&M University, was established in 2013 with the ultimate goal to help others.

In 2014, their mission expanded to helping and honoring. BUILD set a goal to transform shipping containers into medical clinics and send them to countries in need of medical care.

“Each clinic is dedicated in honor of a fallen Aggie at Bonfire,” said Michael Wang ’18, CEO of BUILD.

Wang said eight containers are completed, and BUILD is on schedule to finish the final four this fall.

“It’s a sense of connectivity that I really do feel with those we are honoring and knowing that we can connect the past, present and future with this project is something I am very honored to be a part of,” said Marshall Grey ’16, COO of BUILD.

Grey said each clinic contains a waiting area, exam room and operating room fully equipped with medical supplies and equipment.

When completed, the containers are sent to countries such as Haiti, Honduras and Guatemala.

The final clinic, Clinic #12, is being built in honor of Michael Stephen Ebanks ’03. His father, Jerry Ebanks, said Michael would be humbled by the honor.

“We just appreciate everything that they do, and we think their project is about as useful as anything could possibly be,” said Ebanks.

BUILD’s goal is to have more than 2,000 student volunteers help complete the final four units this semester. But Mackenzie Rogers ’17, CFO, said they are also looking for adult volunteers.

“We are also looking for adult advisors who are community members, maybe have a contracting background or electric background, that can come out and they also volunteer and help us,” said Rogers.

Click here for more information about BUILD and volunteering opportunities.

Click below to hear Michael Wang, Marshall Grey and Mackenzie Rogers visiting with WTAW’s Chelsea Reber.

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Click below to hear Jerry Ebanks visiting with WTAW’s Chelsea Reber.

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Posted by on Aug 30 2016. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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