Friday, 11 March 2011

February one-off volunteering update

KUSU Volunteers take part in all sorts of one-off volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Here is what they got up to in February!

Momentum Volunteers hand out heart shaped balloons
On Valentines weekend four KUSU volunteers helped local charity Momentum who work to support children and young people with cancer with their Valentines collections. Over the course of the weekend KUSU Volunteers were part of a team that raised an amazing £2,619.39. The charity was thrilled with the amount collected so thanks to everyone who braved the weather to take part. 

Walkers wait by the Richmond Venturer
On the same weekend a group of great volunteers helped the River Thames Boat Project. This local charity gives people of all ages the chance to access the Thames, to discover the river and learn about the environment. Volunteers helped with their annual sponsored walk and got stuck in preparing the venue, serving food to participants and marshalling the route as well as generally helping out where they could. They were really grateful to the KUSU Volunteers that took part as you can see here in this piece on their website. Melat who took part fed back that ‘it was a great experience. All the members of the event organisers were ever so kind and extremely helpful. I even had the chance to meet the mayor of Kingston and Richmond as they had come down to show support to the people that volunteered to walk.’ 

Unseen Traffik performance
And finally to top off a busy month (see our last post for February’s SV  week activities) KUSU volunteers spent the weekend of 17/18th February helping the Active Communities against Trafficking London Forum raise awareness of this important issue. Unseen Traffik used dance and drama to tell the story of a young girl who is trafficked from Nepal to India. Volunteers helped set up the venue, assisted with the auction held on the night and also got to watch the performance! Shanté who took part said 'the show and the auction was a great way to raise awareness of the situation, and to fight it!'.

Huge thanks to everyone that got involved!

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