Stirling Sports Union clubs have so far raised over £420 for a global response fund tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.
The total continues to rise, with a goal of £1,000 set by the university’s sports clubs, who have taken part in various video challenges to raise money and support for the cause.
Groups including the Women’s Lacrosse Club, the Cheerleading Club and the Basketball Club, as well as several others, have been involved in creating videos to raise funds.
The final total raised will go toward the United Nations Foundation which works globally to better understand and track the virus, whilst working toward a vaccine and supplying healthcare workers with essential supplies. Facebook has also pledged to match the total raised for the UN foundation.
The idea to raise money through the video challenged was coined by organiser Camy Rosen, from the university’s Lacrosse Club, who wanted to get Stirling’s wealth of sports teams involved in raising money in response to the global pandemic.
Camy said: “the goal was set at £1,000 because we felt like it would be achievable with the amount of sports teams and support that we have at Stirling.
“The campaign is mainly targeted at athletes, but we are happy to expand the campaign if other societies want to get involved”.
Camy added that: “All people have to do is make fun videos of them beating social distancing boredom and upload it. If being in front of camera isn’t your thing then sharing, reacting and donating to the fundraiser makes all the difference.
Sports President Gill Thayne, and Sports President-elect Edd Keeler have also been involved in the cause, by challenging each other to a weekly TikTok dance challenge.
Gill said: “the TikTok challenge was just a bit of fun that Edd and I came up with when we saw how fantastic all the clubs were doing. We just wanted to get involved and help raise awareness for the fundraiser.
“Each week we will respond to suggestions of TikTok challenges for us to do and we will try to make them from our own homes”.
Gill stressed the importance of the challenges, and all the videos posted in the fundraiser: “this is all just some light-hearted fun to try and keep people smiling at this time.
“People can get involved by teaming up with their clubs and making a fun video to keep connected to their teammates and help raise awareness, and funds”.
If you wish to donate, or get involved the cause, head to the fundraiser’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/305304490436476/314468139520111/
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