In conjunction with the Education Foundation of Niagara, the BNRC will be hosting its Rose Sale Fundraiser. Money raised from faculty, staff and students purchasing roses will be used to create bursaries for incoming students.
Hope Tuff-Berg, a second-year Political Science student and Emily Wright, a first-year Business Communications student are organizers of this event and have been with the BNRC for the past two years.
The Brock Niagara Rotaract Club (BNRC) is a youth-based organization that is dedicated to finding innovative solutions that acknowledge the world’s most pressing issues and challenges. By doing this, they seek to develop leadership skills as well as make friends from around the world. The BNRC, having been active at Brock for over five years, is one of over 8,000 chapters in 167 countries and together, they volunteer in the local community as well as abroad by organizing fundraisers and service initiatives for various causes.
“Our global mission is to work locally and globally to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies. Our motto is “Service Above Self” and we value integrity, world understanding, goodwill and leadership,” said Tuff-Berg.
This fundraiser has set a goal of raising $1500 in order to create six bursaries that will be awarded to incoming Brock students that have demonstrated strong character, a passion for initiating positive change and are also in financial need.
Each year, the BNRC organizes a service project to provide opportunity to give back to the community. According to Tuff-Berg, this year’s project is investing in education and rewarding young people who demonstrate teamwork, volunteerism and good character both at school and in the community.
“We want to help alleviate the stress of working to pay for tuition in their first year of studies and encourage them to spend time getting involved at Brock by volunteering on and off campus, attending O-week events and extracurriculars that will make their University career memorable,” said Tuff-Berg.
Students in the Niagara region are awarded these bursaries at their grade 12 graduation ceremonies in June. Teachers will select students based on their character strengths, as well as community involvement that is demonstrated at school. These awards encourage students to take part in a mentorship program where they are paired with a Rotaractor, in an upper-year, that will help make the transition to University easier. The Rotaractor will help students become involved at Brock as well as in the community and provide a friendship for not only the student but the Rotaractor, as well.
“This club is beneficial to the Brock community because it offers an innovate network that is here to support student-led service initiatives, those in the community and around the world. Our mission is to change students’ perspectives of ‘volunteering’ to one that is fun and rewarding when you’re with your friends who share a common vision,” said Tuff-Berg.
Volunteering and being involved with the BNRC is beneficial to students, the Brock community and the Niagara region. Students are able to gain insights into what it truly means to volunteer and make a difference in today’s society.
“We feel that it is important to be involved in the [BNRC] to discover a passion for making a difference in the world. Our club is unique because it prepares students with the skills and network that will support them in any career they choose, from event planning, marketing, volunteer recruitment, organizational management, finances, networking, leadership, relationship building and more,” said Tuff-Berg and Wright.
“Our network of Rotaractors in over 33,000 clubs around the world, with over 15 in the Niagara Region along, helps students connect to potential employers and those who will endorse them for another job in their interest. By becoming a Rotaractor and getting involved in our service initiatives, students are given a letter of recommendation, a certificate of volunteer service, endorsements on Linkedin, professional headshots and more.”
The rose sales will take place in Mackenzie Chown A Block Hallway from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from February 12 until Feb. 14. Roses can be purchased at the price of $3 for one, $15 for six and $30 for 12.
Students interested in the Rose Sale Fundraiser or the BNRC should visit experiencebu.brocku.ca for more information.