Collaboration in the Name of Charity – Christmas Bazaar 2016
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the spirit of the December festivities, the Bon Appetit Cooking Club at AUBG held its fifth big charity event – the Christmas Bazaar. With the collaboration of 11 other clubs, among which were Radio AURA, Broadway Performance Club, The Hub, PTPI “Better Community Club”, AUBG Olympics, StartUP@Blagoevgrad, AUBG Writer’s Guild, and the Student Government, the organizers managed to collect 1100 BGN. The gathered funds were donated to the Day Care Center for Roma Children in Blagoevgrad for the purchase of winter clothes.
According to the president of the Bon Appetit Cooking Club at AUBG, Selena Stevanovic, the event went smooth without any major setbacks.
„Everyone knew what to do, everyone set up their station, everyone was pretty excited and enthusiastic, so I think that every club knew how to organize themselves,“ commented Stevanovic.
She contributes the success of the event to the joint effort of the AUBG clubs and the diversity that they brought to the bazaar’s tables. The variety of products offered at the charity event included baked goods, postcards, stickers, face painting and games. Radio AURA, for example, offered the visitors of the bazaar the option for a song request for the price of 0.5 BGN. The songs were played at the radio’s Christmas Bazaar show that was running simultaneously with the Christmas Bazaar. To make things more engaging, the club prepared a song–guessing game, which comprised of the lyrics of famous songs. Every correct guess counted as one point for the participant. The players, who scored two points or more received a chocolate candy, while the ones who scored the most points won the opportunity to host their own show for a day.
The friendly rivalry among the student organizations contributed to the final result of the event – the bazaar generating 1100 BGN, around 200 BGN more than the Christmas Bazaar in 2015.
“For me, it didn’t matter if we sold the stickers or whether we would sell something else, as long as we have the money for the kids – that’s what matters at the end of the day,” added Stevanovic.
One of the few challenges that the Bon Appetit Cooking Club at AUBG met in the organization of the event was its low number of members, which was compensated by the clubs’ willingness to contribute to the cause.
“It’s a great initiative, if anything it should happen more often, not just around Christmas. It’s great because we are a somewhat well-off community and we should give back those in need,” said Sava Stoyanov, president of AUBG Writer’s Guild.
“As a person who just visited I was happy to see the collaboration among the clubs, not only the cooking club but also the Musical, Olympics, Radio AURA, etc., etc., and it was amazing to see students getting together and doing something like this in order to actually raise money,” shared Karina Barambayeva, a third-year student.