Nepal Earthquake Appeal

nepal-friendship-societyUK Nepal Friendship Society and students from BU are organising a fundraising event for the Nepalese earthquake victims, on Tuesday 12 May, from 4pm -7pm, in Bournemouth Square.

Nepal was stuck by a huge earthquake on 25 April and there have been numerous aftershocks since. This natural disaster has created havoc on a massive scale; people are traumatised and lacking the proper care needed, continuous heavy rain across different parts of Nepal has increased the risk of disease on an epidemic scale. The death toll has reached almost 8,000, and thousands have been made homeless and destitute.

As a result, the UK Nepal Friendship Society and BU students are planning to raise funds for immediate relief and to help with the vast operation to rebuild Nepal, by hosting an event in Bournemouth Square. Donations will help to provide the much needed aid to people who have lost their homes and their families.*

*Donations via the UKNFS will be provided to disaster victims through official/reliable Government of Nepal and Embassy of Nepal – London – recommended/advised channels.

Student volunteers collect 2.2 tonnes of food for local foodbanks


Bournemouth University students collected a giant 2.2 tonnes of food for local foodbanks in a one-day volunteering challenge.

The Big Feed saw 26 volunteers, including a team of builders from Wilmott Dixon, compete in teams at six local supermarkets to accumulate the most food donations for Bournemouth, Poole & Kinson Foodbanks.

The event, organised by the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU), encouraged students to contribute back to their local community, and provide extra resources for the area’s local foodbanks, which are experiencing a worrying rise in emergency demand.

With more donations still coming in, the total collection more than doubled the previous record of 1.5 tonnes, which was set at SUBU’s first Big Feed event in September 2013.

Kim Appleton, SUBU Volunteering Coordinator, said it was a testament to people’s generosity in the community.

“People’s donations have been incredible. We would have been happy matching our record, but to beat it so substantially is really a tribute to the tireless work of our volunteers and the generosity of the public.

“It’s going to be incredibly beneficial to the foodbanks, who are in constant need of supplies. None of us deserve to go hungry, but 1 in 5 mums regularly skip meals to feed their children, simply down to needing to pay bills or other expenses.

“This food will go a long way in supporting those in need of emergency supplies.”

The event concluded with a celebratory ceremony for all the volunteers in the evening with awards and prizes, including food hampers and event tickets for outstanding contributions.