My name is Theresa, I am a second year IBA student and June’s STAR of the month! Seeing that I’ve been given this opportunity, I’d like to give a small review of what the Reach Out Committee has been up to recently.
Among active members, the Reach Out committee is mostly known for its annual Duck Race on the campus pond. In honor of that tradition, we organized a slightly modified Duck Lottery this year. As part of the Open EUR Festival, our Lucky Duck Lottery was an event where participants could adopt a ducky in order to enter a lottery. At the event, we organized chances to catch a ducky and take fun pictures. The event raised €620 for KNGF Guide Dogs, an organization that trains dogs for people with autism, are visually impaired, or disabled. This makes me incredibly proud to have been given the chance to make a small difference by contributing to KNGF.
Another memorable event that made me feel closer to their cause was the Blind Dinner at De Vrienden Live. We wanted to raise awareness for KNGF and therefore, we got a guest speaker to tell the story of her struggle and how her buddy dog gave her back her freedom. After this, the guests were encouraged to put themselves in her shoes by eating a three-course meal with a blindfold. It was actually much harder than you would think. This experience led to many interesting discussions and was without a doubt my favorite event.
Earlier in the year, Reach Out organized three more events: The Buddy Project, an Elderly Day, and a dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. Each event pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me that even a small team of 5 people can have a big impact in the community. Being part of Reach Out was a fulfilling experience. The most gratifying part was getting to see how appreciative people were of our help. I am looking forward to seeing what our successors will organize next year!
Thanks for reading my post and have a nice summer break everyone!