On November 27, on its fifth anniversary, Philanthropy Day became Philanthropy Week, full of exciting events everyone could get involved in. I had the chance to be part of Bake it >> Make it >>Forward, a very special event that encouraged the members of the CEU community to show off their baking skills by preparing sweet or savory treats or national specialties; and to share their skills which could be useful to their community, such as fixing laptops and more. (This was a twist from last year Bake it forward!)
Not only I got to be a part of it that day, but I was involved in organizing the event. It was an inspiring experience: 33 people donated their time, skills and baked goodies. It is fascinating that this many people participated.
Alumni Scholarship Recipient Mohini Mehta came up with a brilliant idea: #KosziCEUstaff , a way to say thank you to the people that became part of our daily routine, the ones that take care of us, that take care of this University and make it a great place.
Nearly 150 members of the CEU community – students and alumni, faculty and staff –bought or donated, not only to make the Kicsi Pakk Initiative a reality and to support next year’s students, but also because they believe in fundraising for good causes; and they also shared what they were thankful for by participating in #30secondsofgratitude videos.
All of these efforts made it possible to collect almost 170,000 HUF, showing the exemplary philanthropic spirit of CEU.
I come from a country where food is a way to connect with each other, and being part of Bake it, Make it forward, made me feel I was back in Argentina, sharing my love for homemade food with friends. Having the opportunity to be part of this initiative and to witness the commitment the CEU community has to philanthropic giving was amazing!
By Estefania Rubiniak, student at the School of Public Policy at CEU