[Aaron Hurst | Contributing Writer]
The University of Hertfordshire was filled with generosity during Volunteering Week (19th-25th October), with a range of activities organised for the University community to participate in.
The spirit of ‘giving something back’ had a heavy presence on Twitter with #HertsGoodDeeds being stamped across social media throughout the week as students shared and celebrated their good deeds.
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The many selfless acts of goodness shared on Twitter included a lecturer allowing a lunch break during a 3-hour workshop, students helping carry a pram down stairs, and a student buying McDonalds for the homeless.
— Shelby Loasby (@ShelbyLoasby) October 19, 2015
Key events took place throughout the week; it kicked off on Monday 19th October with the Trident Media team hanging out at the Forum Foyer to hear staff and students’ acts of spreading generosity and kindness.
On Tuesday, the return of 5 Minute Volunteering commenced in the Atrium on De Hav, as well as a talk about the Movember campaign.
Wednesday saw visits to the Bayfordbury Conservation to help improve the lives of the wildlife residing there, in addition to a cake sale organised by East African Playgrounds.
On Thursday, a volunteering social took place in Hutton Hall, followed by another bout of 5 Minute Volunteering.
Friday AKA ‘Wear it Pink Day’ initiated the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. In addition, it saw Marrow encouraging UH students to donate bone marrow in an effort to save lives. Adding to this jam-packed day, Trash Mob took over the local area, comprising of a group of students who took time out of their schedule to help improve the environment by picking up and binning litter around Bishops Rise and Woods Avenue.
The week was finally rounded off on the Sunday with a pub quiz at Ele House, run by UH Think, a student-led project raising money for Mind charity.
Overall, the week was a success with #HertsGoodDeeds gaining web-wide recognition, highlighting a high level of involvement throughout the week by staff and students alike. It has placed hopes for an equally strong Volunteering Week at UH in subsequent years.
Images: Herts SU Volunteers