UNICEF Brock is about to make Brock University history this weekend by walking 100km from the St. Catharines campus to UNICEF Toronto headquarters.
From Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 29, Co-President Patrick Foster, and Co-Founder of the Playmakers Foundation Jad Nasser, will be taking on this endeavor in order to raise awareness and funds to help Syrian refugees.
“This idea came from an old school friend who rowed to Toronto from St. Catharines. Since I’m not much of a rower, I decided walking was the next best thing,” said Foster, a fifth-year Political Science student.
“I was trying to think of ways to raise awareness and money that would be symbolic while still experiencing what the refugees have been going through as they flee their homeland. Realistically speaking, the journey we’re about to embark doesn’t come close to what they have been experiencing. At the end of the day, I still have the opportunity to go home to a secure space, while many of them may not,” said Foster.
Foster believes that this event is one of the best ways to understand exactly what the families fleeing Syria have been going through as they walk with their facilities and belongings across borders and into surrounding countries for a better quality of life. While his circumstances are far from being remotely the same as these refugees, the importance of this event is raising awareness and donations.
“Our goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of the academic year, but we are happy with anything. What’s important to keep in mind here is that we are trying to do whatever we can to raise awareness about this crisis and what we can do to help them,” said Foster.
This student-run club has been part of the Brock community since its inception in 2012, started by recent Brock alumna, Saumik Biswas and fifth-year student, Sabrina Jancsi. Since bringing this club to campus, they have raised over $5000 through various events, with the funds going towards multiple causes spearheaded by UNICEF.
“We are currently still developing future events, but we have confirmed that we are bringing back our widely favoured Valentine’s Day event, Roses for Charity,” said Foster. “We are also looking into events such as a Spin-A-Thon, sports tournaments and other initiatives within our local community”.
For students wishing to get involved with this club, be sure to reach out to the team and its volunteers through their social media pages below. Donate to their 100km cause by visiting their You Care page.