Give back, and that’s that

Pic 1You are given two lemons, but are asked to make orange juice – how does that even work? A Good Samaritan gives you two oranges instead. Numerous things in a person’s life influence who they are and what they will become. Everyone has different things going on that affect them, just as much as the next person and just like the Good Samaritan, there are always people there willing to give you a lending hand. The Samaritan volunteered the two oranges so the orange juice could be made. So many things happen in life and for me, I have found that volunteering is the best way I can give back.

This year I had the honour of being elected the President of the USQ Charity Committee. The USQ Charity Committee originally started out as a group of students from USQ Residential Colleges who worked together to raise funds for charities through facilitating events for students. Just last year, the group was opened up to all USQ students to take part in when it became a USQ Club. The response to the endeavours of the club have been amazing.

Annually, the USQ Charity Committee holds a Gala Event, the biggest fundraiser of the year, for a chosen charity – this year, it was the Pancare Foundation. The Pancare Foundation raises much needed funds for those suffering from pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancers. This organisation was agreed upon by all members of the committee and we all worked together to make the best event possible, to get the best results for the charity.

This year’s theme to raise money for the Pancare Foundation was White Party. All guests were required to wear white (but we didn’t turn away anyone that didn’t) and participate in different events throughout the night. Our biggest fundraiser of the evening was the auction. Numerous items were auctioned, from paintings to gift packs, all with a favourable response by guests. Along with the auction, we had coin tosses and the most popular event of the evening was the toilet paper competition. Guests were required to form groups and appoint one person to be the model; the group then proceeded to decorate the model in toilet paper and the best dressed model won a prize. There were lots of laughs and it was an enjoyable night for all.

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I have been a member of the USQ Charity Committee since I started at USQ and it has been one of my most rewarding experiences. Not only am I able to meet people and attend and participate in great events, I am able to give back to charities and people by raising much needed funds. Volunteering helps gain professional experience, brings people together and allows for personal growth and self-esteem. It is a truly rewarding experience and I recommend, if you aren’t already, to join an organisation you are passionate about – something close to your heart – and volunteer. It is your chance to give back. It is your chance to make a difference.

The Gatsby Gala

Holla!

I’m back again, with even more exciting things to share. This year I am President of the USQ Charity Committee. Working with an executive, as well as committee members, we have been working on heaps of fundraising projects this year. The chosen Charity for this year is the Pyjama Foundation.

They are a children’s charity that is breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by Australian children in foster care. The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with the children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Since inception in 2004, the organisation and its founder have inspired more than 1000 members of our community to become volunteer Pyjama Angels, visiting a child in care each week to read books, play games, and engage in other fun, learning-based activities. As they are a relatively new foundation, the charity committee are doing our bit to get the word out and help out these amazing people by raising money for a worthy cause.

There have been a few events so far, the main being Pyjama Day. Held at USQ Toowoomba, we had a sausage sizzle, ice cream, free red bull and over 40 prep kids from Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba who came dressed in their Pyjamas for an exclusive book reading.

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This day was a huge success. However, the MOST EXCITING part is yet to come!

 *Drum roll*

The Gatsby Gala!

To be held on the 24th of August, the 2013 Annual Charity Ball is sure to be a Charitable Affair to Remember. There will be Casino Tables with “funny money”, a photo book, a live jazz band, live ballroom dancers and much much more. We chose a theme of 1920’s to keep it sophisticated, as well as making it relevant with the recent release of the famous novel ‘The Great Gatsby’.

We have all been working very hard over the past few months to bring this event together, many phone calls, emails, letters and ‘open discussions’ we are now in the final steps. Its only 2 weeks away!

I invite every person reading this blog to attend this event, it is open to everyone. And you have my word that it will be a great night for a great cause.

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I hope to see you there!

Nicky