Volunteer club recruits record number of change-makers

North West University campus club launch day in Mafikeng

UNICEF North West University Mafikeng Campus Club
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UNICEF North West University Mahikeng Campus Club/2022
Volunteers of the UNICEF North West University Mafikeng Campus Club.
25 May 2022

The Societies’ and Arts Launch is one of the biggest events scheduled annually in the North West University (NWU) calendar. The aim of this event is to provide a platform for societies to exhibit their work and present a chance for students to join as members. NWU Mafikeng Campus has affiliated over 35 societies for the 2022 academic year, each highlighting the importance of diversity and tolerance. As a team of UNICEF volunteers, the launch also served as an opportunity for us to learn about the different organizations, ranging in scope from social to academic. Due to COVID-19, this event was placed on hold for the past 2 years, so it was heartening to have a face-to-face engagement.

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UNICEF North West University Mahikeng Campus Club/2022
A UNICEF Volunteer recruiting new members, for their Campus Club in Mafikeng.

Volunteering our time towards a worthy cause is a goal we adopted from our personal life experiences, and this has shaped us into individuals who are empathetic to the struggles of others. The future is in the hands of the youth, and it is through global organizations, such as UNICEF, that society can produce well-informed, capable, ethical, and professional young leaders. Serving as a committee of this Campus Club has been an awakening call for the humanitarian crisis affecting children across the country and the globe. Therefore, we are committed to playing our part in making sure that the world is a better place for kids.

As far as set-up arrangements and planning is concerned, the volunteer leaders hosted regular meetings prior to the official event. These brainstorming sessions were helpful in putting ideas on the table and establishing a plan of action. Amongst many other things, we looked forward to welcoming our colleague Amir Bagherioromi, the Volunteer Programme Manager at UNICEF South Africa. Together, we joined hands in assembling our stall, from constructing a gazebo, to setting up the banners, tables, and chairs. Our recruitment strategy involved sharing a clear mission statement, as students filled in the volunteer sign up forms, before proceeding to receive their UNICEF Volunteer T-Shirt.

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UNICEF North West University Mahikeng Campus Club/2022
UNICEF Volunteers with high school learners at their Campus Club launch in Mafikeng.

The highlight from this day was being awarded the prize, by NWU Student Representative Council, for the highest number of membership recruitments on campus. UNICEF NWU walked away with a whopping membership of 320 students, ending the day with young people who successfully joined a large global community of change-makers. Our recruitment was a great opportunity to see students wanting to become part of the action and having the willingness to uphold the “For Every Child” objective.

We are tasked with a huge responsibility as volunteers, because the world needs agents who can help with building stronger communities. This is achievable when different stakeholders invest efforts as a collective. We would like to thank the amazing group of volunteers, for their hard work, raising awareness about our work and recruitment. Special thanks to the NWU Student Life Department and the SCC Arts Office, for their unwavering support. as well as to Amir and the committee members of UNICEF NWU for their dedication.

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