Terri-Jane Yuzda

Two Alberta Universities Focus Jointly on Charity


University of Alberta
Student Contributor



Blood Simple
Engineering students show their pride by donating blood.

This is the story of a brainchild, born Nov. 18 at a student liaison meeting between the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Both universities, during the second week of winter-term classes, feature traditional engineering student activities.

At the U of A these activities strive to increase cohesiveness and provide a relaxed environment for meeting other engineering students, and our peers to the south have a similar set of goals for their activities. Together, we demonstrate engineering pride at its finest.

The activities themselves differ between the U of C and U of A but they occur at the same time. Both universities need more donations to campus food banks, and other charities are also continually in need of donations.

Why not work together, with a joint food and charity drive blended into each university's winter-term activities? Enter the new Charity Challenge.

The requirements were simple: gather as much material as possible to donate to a food bank or charity. The university raising the largest cash value would win.
Initiatives at the U of A were diverse and innovative. Both as a collective unit and as individual disciplines, engineering clubs took up the challenge and worked to make this challenge a success.

First-year students passed a collection jar around a class they were all enrolled in, raising $150. For many activities that took place during the week, a cover charge was applied. The proceeds from these activities were given in full or in part to charity.

In addition to these cash-oriented initiatives, donations in the way of life fluid -
blood - were made. Two days out of the week allowed for engineers as well as other students to donate blood. More than 70 units were collected from the engineering students alone, 21 of whom are first-years. Thanks goes out to all those that donated.

Although this was the first year of this challenge, its success was evident in more ways than the donation total. The media was contacted and coverage was provided for select activities that took place during the week. As well, the challenge helped build a new optimism within the engineering faculty for our capabilities in coming years.

Though complete results from the drive were not tabulted by The PEGG's deadline, food drive results had been counted. Eclipsing last year's total of about $1,900 worth of donations, this year's food drive total has a cash value of $2,657.75.
We look forward to seeing the final tabulated results - as well as seeing how the U of C has reacted to the Charity Challenge gauntlet.


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