Creativity and Commitment to Ubuntu at Bucknell University
I was first introduced to the concept of ubuntu when I traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2010. While volunteering for 5 weeks in a local village preschool, I truly embraced ubuntu for all it was worth. Four years later, I believe that it was fate that brought me to Ubuntu Education Fund. I was given the opportunity to intern with Ubuntu last summer and could not be more grateful to have been a part of such an amazing organization. Witnessing the great impact that Ubuntu was having on their community in Port Elizabeth, I decided that I did not want my involvement to end with my summer internship. Instead, I started my own Ubuntu Club.
The Ubuntu Club at Bucknell University was established last October to support Ubuntu Education Fund. In just six months we have grown into a 40-member strong student organization that is dedicated to involving the Bucknell and Lewisburg communities in Ubuntu's work.
Our first fundraiser was at a local pizzeria, and it was a huge success! The owners of Pizza Phi generously donated 10% of their sales for one day to Ubuntu. In the end, we raised $140 through the support of Bucknell students and Lewisburg residents.
The owners of another local business, the Bull Run Tap House, heard about our initial fundraiser and wanted to get involved. They are currently selling discount cards to raise money for Ubuntu. When you purchase an "Ubuntu Card," you acquire a year's worth of discounts at ten amazing Lewisburg restaurants, cafes, and bars. The owners of Pizza Phi will also be selling these cards.
We could not be more excited to have the Lewisburg community engaged in Ubuntu.
Bucknell's Ubuntu Club looks forward to having a few more fundraisers throughout the remainder of the semester. We are excited to watch the club continue to grow in years to come.