Volunteer Clowns in Moscow
The children’s festival ‘Red’ recently took place place in Moscow. The event was organized by Konstantin Sedov, HSE graduate. Konstantin is founder of the ‘Hospital Clowns’ charity, which has been active since 2008.
‘Hospital Clowns’ is a volunteer movement which helps sick and disabled children. About 130 hospital clowns from 17 cities across Russia, as well as Ukraine and Belarus, participated in the festival and the seminar for volunteer clowns.
Seventeen various platforms and venues were open in the Hermitage park, where volunteers played with children helping to distract them from hospital fears and stress.
‘The Moscow city Department of Culture as well as the Hermitage park itself supported our initiative’, Konstantin Sedov told us, ‘And, of course, our friends and friends’ friends helped us, as often happens at such events. I particularly want to thank Andrey Vershinin, Head of the HSE Center of Creative Clubs, and all his staff who helped to get the festival ready’.
Over 20 volunteers participated in organizing the festival, many of them HSE students and graduates. ‘Hospital Clowns’ actively cooperates with the HSE, particularly with the Office of Extracurricular Activities, and its head, Tatiana Zakharova, is a member of the organization’s Board of Trustees. HSE students play with children, assist with the logistics of the festival organization, and help run masterclasses by international experts.
On September 5th, which is the International Day of Charity, the Service Learning programme was launched at many of the country’s universities. HSE University hosted a meeting with deputy deans and faculty project managers, followed by a large NGO fair, where both students and HSE University staff got to know more about partner NGOs and planned further joint projects.
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On September 4, the Road of Kindness charity run will take place in Gorky Park. The event is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of HSE University, and was organised by the university’s students in cooperation with the Student Initiative Support Centre and the Centre for Leadership and Volunteer Work. The event is also being held in Nizhny Novgorod.
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HSE University Student Development Office held its traditional Charity Xmas festival from December 1th to 5th. The event was open to HSE University students, staff and graduates, and anybody else who wished to attend. This year for the first time, it was online, but nonetheless brought together a large number of guests and speakers. The HSE News Service spoke about volunteering and charity in the Coronavirus era.
Students of the HSE Bachelor's programme in Business Informatics have developed an eye-catching, user-friendly website for the ‘Soulful Bazar’ project, a large-scale charity fair traditionally held in Moscow on the eve of the New Year. This year, the “Charity Tree” New Year celebration will be held on December 22 at the Expocentre off the Krasnopresnenskaya embankment.
In honour of International Volunteer Day, which was celebrated on December 6, HSE News Service spoke with HSE student organization leaders about their volunteer work. It turns out that HSE students are very active members of their communities: from painting with children in local orphanages to helping out at animal shelters, students participate in a wide range of volunteer efforts—and have fun while doing it.
A New Year's fair, information about non-commercial organisations, masterclasses, lectures and an obstacle demonstration with a guide dog: just some of the events that occurred as part of HSE’s contribution to the International Day of Charity, which took place at HSE Central atrium on 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard.
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