The King's community makes a real impact on Global Day of Service

#VolunteerKings

Global Day of Service volunteers in Beijing

King’s held its second annual Global Day of Service on 25 March 2019 and the King’s community certainly got in the volunteering spirit. Staff, students and alumni across four continents took part in a range of fantastic volunteering activities to make the world a better place.

The Scandinavian trend of Plogging (jogging and picking up litter) was very popular this year. In China, the Beijing Alumni Committee went for a run around the Olympic Park, picking up litter to make it a much nicer space for others. Here in London, a plog-run was held in partnership with King’s Sport. Staff, students and alumni took part, covering 5 kilometres whilst making London a much cleaner city.

Also in London, Priya and Kate from the King’s alumni office and alumna Milly took part in a river litter survey and clean-up with Thames21. Staff from King's Venues, Sustainability and Food teams also did their bit to improve the river. They joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association in clearing up the beach near the OXO Tower.

Across the pond in the US, several local Alumni Committees organised volunteer events. In Dallas, alumni helped out at the North Texas Food Bank, collecting and handing out food at its Mobile Pantry. In Boston, alumni volunteered with local charity Simple Things by organising and sorting through items that will help the charity operate over the coming months. Over in LA, alumni teamed up with the Dream Catcher of Los Angeles Therapeutic Riding Center. They spent the day looking after the centre’s beautiful horses which help improve the lives of children, adults and veterans through therapeutic horseback riding.

The Shanghai Alumni Committee got involved with Global Day of Service again this year. They took the time to volunteer at the CereCare Wellness Center which looks after 30 children with cerebral palsy.

In Hong Kong, alumni organised a ‘Health Day’ where volunteers shared general healthcare knowledge and medical doctors from different backgrounds offered drug-free treatments after a 10-min body check and chat session. The organiser, Bonny, said that the day was important to ‘show compassion and increase the sense of healthcare habits in less privileged families’.

 

Elsewhere, the Trinidad and Tobago Alumni Committee teamed up with the Living Water Community. Alumni in Mexico donated reusable plastic water bottles to help fight against plastic pollution. Alumni made the most of the weather and took part in Paris Soli-run, an annual charity run set in the Bois de Boulogne. And alumni in Pakistan volunteered with the WWF, helping to plant trees.

A huge congratulations to everyone who got involved with Global Day of Service this year. The stories and photos that you have sent us are truly inspiring and we’re glad so many of you took the time to give something back to your local community.

Feeling inspired to do some volunteering yourself? Remember, you can volunteer any time of the year. Head over to our volunteering page for more information and ideas on how you can do your bit.

Want to join local alumni for similar events as well as networking and mentoring opportunities? Visit our international branches page to find a King's alumni committee near you.

Did we miss you? If you took part in Global Day of Service this year and want a mention, tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #VolunteerKings. Or you can drop as an email at forever@kcl.ac.uk