News reports from Loma Linda University, Southwestern Adventist University, ADRA, Villa Aurora Institute, and AdventHealth.
Loma Linda University Sponsors Red Bull Motocross Racing Team
According to a Loma Linda University Facebook Post: Motorsports group KTM North America has named Loma Linda University Health as its official healthcare sponsor of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for 2023. As a partner, Loma Linda University Health further endorses growing the sport of motorcycle racing and riding as an active lifestyle, promoting overall physical and mental health benefits.
“Our two organizations represent excellence in our respective industries and a shared passion for the sport of motocross,” said Trevor Wright, FACHE, CEO of Loma Linda University Health Hospitals. “As the healthcare partner of KTM, we look forward to working together to promote health, safety, and well-being within our community.” Read more about the announcement: https://bit.ly/3Nypa6m.
Southwestern Adventist University Singers Perform at Westminster Abbey
According to NADNews: From Aug. 11-18, 2022, the group, along with British composer Philip W. Stopford, were invited to perform at Westminster Abbey, Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth Cathedral. Between performances, the musicians visited Windsor, Oxford, and London, where they immersed themselves in the country’s rich traditions, history, and culture.
“The opportunity of a lifetime,” “a mind-blowing experience,” “the best week of my life,” “unforgettable memories,” “an experience beyond my wildest dreams,” “my most treasured memory,” “a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” and “the highlight of my university years” were just some of the remarks from members of The University Singers of Southwestern Adventist University after their recent concert tour to the United Kingdom.
ADRA Helps Displaced Families in El Salvador After Tropical Storm Julia
According to ANN: Despite being downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, Julia ravaged Central America when it made landfall on October 9. It pummeled the region, triggering deadly floods and landslides, killing at least 54 people, and leaving thousands of people homeless, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Local authorities in El Salvador have declared a 15-day state of emergency to facilitate response and recovery operations. ADRA’s country office in El Salvador has already launched its National Emergency Management Plan (NEMP) to mobilize immediate aid.
Italian Adventist Institution “Villa Aurora” Celebrates 80th Anniversary
According to EUD News: The Adventist Institute “Villa Aurora” (IACB) celebrated 80 years of presence in the Florence area with an exhibition tracing its history. Now this exhibition has become virtual. One can access the rooms of the historic building online, consult the panels of the exhibition, and find information, videos, and documents concerning the history of the Adventist Institute from its beginnings to the present day. Click here to access the virtual exhibition.
AdventHealth Sponsors Pig on the Pond Community Festival
AdventHealth recently sponsored a local community fundraiser with the mission of “providing scholarships to local students.” The sponsorship was seen as controversial by some Adventists who wrote letters to the conference, expressing concern over events held on Sabbath, as well as pig races, live music, carnival rides, and rampant pork consumption. Advent Messenger included many of these objections in their article on October 24, 2022.
The official event page reports that “Pig on the Pond Festival presented by AdventHealth and the City of Clermont has provided more than $400,000 in scholarships to deserving South Lake County students, thanks to a supportive community — through a fun-packed three day event that has made Clermont a regional, festival destination.”