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GW Sailing's Malek Earns First Community Service Award of 2014-15

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Gabby_Malek_Twitter.jpgGW sailing sophomore Gabriella Malek has been named the first GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for 2014-15.

Gabriella, who lives by the motto "you're never too young to make a difference in someone else's life," has carried a spirit of global engagement and service instilled in her at a young age into her life as a student-athlete at GW.

She has been volunteering and fundraising with UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund, since the age of 10 when the northern New Jersey native was first introduced to the organization through her involvement in New York City-based charity Broadway Kids Care.

Since then she has devoted numerous hours to UNICEF's mission to provide long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, including a bake sale for the Pampers/UNICEF one pack=one vaccine campaign through which she had the honor to present a check to UNICEF and President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative.

She helped set up a UNICEF club at Howell High School and now, as an executive board member with the GW-UNICEF campus club, has spent the past two years regularly volunteering with the organization in the district and completed 50 hours of community service in the first month of the 2014-15 academic year alone.  Her efforts have taken her to Capitol Hill to present at The Better World Campaign's Innovation at the United Nations event, and to the British Embassy for the Girl Summit, a campaign speaking out on the issues of female mutilation and child marriage.

"I'm thankful to all the people early in my life who helped instill an enthusiasm and compassion for helping others in need," said Malek.

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