Charity Drive at HSE during Good Deed Month
On March 11, 2017, HSE will host the ‘Heroes Among Us’ charity festival. The month leading up to it is Good Deed Month, organized by the Open Your Eyes student project. People are encouraged to use this month to do good. Check out the ideas below – having a big positive impact doesn’t always mean putting a lot of effort in.
1. Eat pancakes and make donations
Charity Maslenitsa will be celebrated on February 20 and 21 at HSE academic buildings, and on February 26 at the Dubki dormitory. For a small donation, guests will be treated to some delicious pancakes. All the money will be spent on purchasing medical equipment and medicines for The Lighthouse children’s hospice*.
Time and venue:
February 20, 10.30 am – 3.00 pm
- 20 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa
- 33 Kirpichnaya Ulitsa
- 34 Tallinskaya Ulitsa
- 3 Bolshoy Tryokhsvyatitelsky Pereulok
February 21,10.30 am – 3.00 pm
- 26 Shabolovka Ulitsa
- 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa
- 21/4 Basmannaya Ulitsa
- 17 Malaya Ordynka Ulitsa
February 26, 4.00 – 6.00 pm – Dubki Dormitory
2. Donate blood
HSE students, lecturers, and even security officers at HSE buildings all donate blood regularly. For example, they donated 72.5 liters of blood at a recent Donor Day.
The upcoming initiative is organized together with the Russian Federal Medical Biological Agency (FMBA) Blood Service.
More information on the requirements for the donors is available here (in Russian). International students and faculty can also participate but if they don't speak Russian, they need to be accompanied by an interpreter. It is necessary to present one's passport.
Time: February 22, 9.00 – 11.30. After giving blood, you’ll be able to have a rest and eat some chocolate with sweet tea to restore your energy.
Venue: 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, 4th floor
3. Collect presents for senior citizens
HSE and the Joy of Old Age (Starost' v Radost') foundation will collect gifts for people living at a care facility for seniors in Noginsk. These will be presents for the holidays celebrated in Russia on February 23 (Defender of the Fatherland Day – often called ‘men’s day’) and March 8 (Women’s Day).
The gifts will include things for everyday comfort, souvenirs, and sweets.
Lists of things needed are available here (in Russian). They include towels, cleaning and hygiene products, blenders, various arts and crafts kits (colouring books, play-doh, engravings, applications, etc), chess, checkers, bingo, dominoes, batter-powered radios, calendars, pictures. Sweets (suitable for people of old age) and tea (in teabags) are also welcome.
Time: March 1 and 2, 10.30 am – 6.00 pm
Venue: HSE buildings on Myasnitskaya, Kirpichnaya, Shabolovka, Tallinskaya, Maly Tryohksvyatitelsky Pereulok, and Bolshoy Kharitonievsky Pereulok.
*The Lighthouse is a private medical charity institution for children with incurable diseases. The hospice isn’t funded by the state and exists on charity donations made by thousands of people. Over 500 children are looked after by The Lighthouse today. The children’s hospice takes care of the quality of living of the child and their whole family. Its staff don’t cure the main disease and don’t do rehabilitation, but they treat the symptoms and provide conditions needed for the child and their family to live as a full, active, and normal life as possible. The hospice programme includes games, holidays, and suburban camps. The hospice makes children’s dreams come true, takes part of the load off the parents, and supports the family after their loss.
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