Party for a Good Cause

Party for a Good Cause

By: Gloria Mellesmoen
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If you have been on campus recently, you have probably caught a glimpse of the colourful posters that promote an event aptly named ‘Neon’. Though the aesthetically appealing advertisements and idea of a glow in the dark dance party are enough to catch attention, there is more to this all ages night than the promise of a good time.

For $5 a ticket ($7 at the door), students are not just paying for a great night. All proceeds from the event will go to Schools Building Schools, a group working toward the creation of vocational schools for those in Southern Uganda. Recognizing the importance of education, organizers Florence Kummen, Chloe Le Bars, and Sahana Kapilan hope to sell all 200 tickets.

Getting involved on campus and in the global community can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially those who are new to SFU. Chloe Le Bars and Florence Kummen are two young women who are taking the initiative to organize a large scale event, despite only being in their second semester of university.

Florence first found out about Schools Building Schools at Club Days. She feels that “as a university student, a member of the global community, and a Catholic it is [her] responsibility to do [her] part to ensure that [her] brothers and sisters have the same chance as [she does] for success”.  With a history of volunteer work behind her, she is a strong advocate for raising public awareness on important issues, including access to education. Florence’s future is bright and she plans to share it with the world by pursuing a career as an environmental lawyer.

Chloe might not quite know what she wants to major in, but she has no shortage of passion. As a firm believer in the philosophy of doing what one loves, her future career will surely involve Africa. After living there for seven years, Chloe has both fallen in love with the continent and decided she wants to do all she can to help the people. Having the chance to see “who got to have an education and who didn’t,” she is well aware of the impact of having access to education can make on someone’s life. With years of volunteer work under her belt, she is no newcomer to the field. Her advice to students wanting to get involved is pretty simple. If you are passionate about something, find a way to get involved. If you are not? Try something anyhow.

If you are ready to take the first step towards making a difference, consider picking up a ticket for Neon and supporting Schools Building Schools. Though it might not feel like it, every little bit counts. In the words of Chloe:  “There are hundreds of opportunities to get involved. You just have to take them and go for it. There is no better time than right now.”

Posted on January 30, 2012