It's the season for giving: student and staff efforts in 2012/13

What’s that yellow teddy bear logo you see everywhere? Why are there lots of men (and women!) sporting dodgy moustaches? Do you have what it takes to make vulnerable children believe in Christmas? Find out about all the funny, brave or crazy things that Glamorgan students and staff are doing for charities

Cupcakes with moustaches. Photo by MasterMaq

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Charitable efforts at Glamorgan

Many people at the University of Glamorgan like to offer something to good causes. Whether they spend time volunteering, prepare gifts or food donations, or raise money through charity efforts. Here’s an overview of the campaigns that you can find out about on this page;

Children in Need on campus

Children in Need is the BBC’s project to raise money for charitable causes that benefit children. Children in Need is itself a registered charity, giving money to projects that benefit disadvantaged children in the UK. It’s not just a national project. It is a regional effort – there is a dedicated website for Children in Need Wales, and in Cardiff, for example, there will be a special youth choir performance in the Motorpoint Arena, involving 1000 young performers.

Here’s how you can support Children in Need at the University of Glamorgan:

  • International Food Festival in aid of Children in Need – on 14th November in H Block reception, between 12pm-2pm.
  • Faculty of Advanced Technology cake sale on Friday 16th Novemver from 10.30am in G Block Foyer. There will be a selection of home baked goodies, cakes, pastries, soups etc.
  • Faculty of Advanced Technology Name The Bear project: There is a fabulous big, cuddly bear looking for a new home. Call into the Faculty of Advanced Technology reception, pay £1 and have a go at giving the bear a name. Each suggestion will be written on a piece of paper, and the winner will be selected by a random draw.
  • Exposure Radio, broadcasting through Tequila Radio, will be doing a Children in Need special from 12pm-2pm on Friday, 16th November. If you want to support their efforts, visit Exposure Radio’s justgiving page for their Children in Need show.

Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. Why? To raise awareness and vital funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Support Movember - photo by Louise Docker Professor Kevin Davies from the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science is involved in a campaign to make robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies available in Wales – basically, there is a surgical procedure which is less invasive and safer than the ones currently offered in wales. This procedure requires a piece of equipment (a robot) that is not available in Wales. The procedures (and robots) are available throughout England (on the NHS), Europe and the USA. Welsh men suffering from prostate cancer wishing to undergo the safer procedure have to pay between £13,000-15,000 themselves to do so through the NHS in England. The use of robot assisted laparoscopic technology is not limited to prostate cancers. It also has the potential to be used to treat patients with other cancers and could potentially become useful for cardiac and paediatric surgery. If you would like to support his campaign, you can sign a petition, visit Prostate Cymru, The Prostate Cancer Charity For Wales for more information, and raise money to buy such a robot for Wales through your Movember efforts.

This year, there is also a Movember 10K race – we’re including links to runners’ profiles under the individual fundraising efforts below.

Here’s the Movember news story and, importantly, the Movember University of Glamorgan network.

The Santa Appeal

Santa Clause The Students’ Union is taking part in Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Santa Appeal. This is your chance to help prove to children leaving in the same County Borough as the University’s Treforest and Glyntaff campuses that Christmas does exist!

This Appeal invites people to donate presents that are given to children, including the vulnerable and the looked after, to ensure no one misses out.

To take part, contact the Students’ Union by 30th November, and you will be given the name and age of a child that you can buy a present for. Presents can be handed in at the Students’ Union until Wednesday 5th December and every present counts. It does not have to be large or expensive; it’s the thought that counts.

If you wish to help, please see the SU’s Santa Appeal page for details.

Individual fundraising efforts

Staff and students also make individual fundraising efforts. The Glamlife Team can’t know all of them, but here are ones we have heard of recently:

Foodbank – by the Chaplaincy’s Meeting House Group

Tinned foods in supermarket - photo by cherrylet There are families struggling to put food on the table. Today. In the UK. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis such as losing a job or a delay in benefit payments can mean that a family goes hungry.

UK Foodbanks work with local voluntary organisations to provide emergency food and support to people in crisis.

The Meeting House Group’s Foodbank collection is ready to receive your food donations now. If you are a student, you are also welcome to join the Meeting House Group.

GlamGift

GlamGift is an annual fundraising competition for students and staff based in the Faculty of Business and Society, established to raise money for various charity organisations.

Have a look at the GlamGift web page for more info and to register your own GlamGift plans – speak with your Award Tutor or Scheme leader if you want to get involved. You can also contact Henry Enos for further information.

The first fundraising efforts that have been announced are:

  • Mobile phone collection – For every 165 phones collected, these can be exchanged for an iPad for an adult with autism.
  • GlamGift / Homestart Santa Appeal – works similar to the Students’ Union / Rhondda Cynon Taff’s, but benefits children in Butetown through Homestart instead.