Monday, 11 April 2011

March one-off volunteering update

KUBAG Volunteers survey their hard work!

Another busy month for KUSU volunteers getting involved with our one-off volunteering opportunities

First up three volunteers helped with a Cancer Research Fun day. They took off round Kingston town centre to sell pin badges and raise money for this great charity. 

On the same weekend Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group took a tour of campus to sow wild flower meadows.Taking in Kingston Hill, Middle Mill Halls and Penrhyn Road the wildflowers will not only brighten things up they will provide insects, birds and small mammals a vital place to shelter and find food.

You can read a full report of the day and find out what else KUBAG get up to by checking out their blog here.

Sopwith Blossom by Paige Sinkler
KUSU Volunteers have been involved with the Paint the Town Green festival which saw lots of exciting green events take place. Kingston Students were involved in organising the Green Shoots Photography Competition which invited entrants from across Kingston. All 43 entries were on display for a week in Market House in the centre of Kingston including University Biodiversity Category winner Paige Sinkler. A KUSU volunteer helped make this possible by stepping up to answer visitor’s questions and supervise the exhibition.

Finally at the end of the month 5 volunteers went to help at a Refugee Action Kingston clothing day. RAK provides support and advice to refugees and asylum seekers in the local area. On clothing days RAK distribute clothing, toys and other items to those most in need. KUSU volunteers got involved helping out sorting donations, setting up the venue, greeting those attending and distributing the items. Eleni who volunteered on the day reported back that ‘Volunteering at Refugee action Kingston was one of the best experiences in my life. All the volunteers there were very friendly. I was involved in the toy section and it was amazing being with the children!! You should have seen the smile on their faces :)’

Its great to hear the toys went down well because some of those were donated by staff and students at Kingston University. Just before Christmas we organised a toy collection on behalf of RAK and Chase Childrens Hospice. We were thrilled with the response! Donations were split with the first half being delivered to Chase by Societies Coordinator Gemma in time for Christmas and the RAK ones being delivered on the Clothing Day by KUSU General Manager Mark. Big thanks to everyone who made a donation and to Gemma and Mark for making the deliveries.

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