As students up and down the UK gave valentines gifts, Jewish Students were raising money and awareness to save a child’s heart.
The Union of Jewish Students’ Save A Child’s Heart’ campaign, vying for the improvement of cardiac care for children in developing countries, involved students across the UK.
‘Save A Child’s Heart’ included initiatives such as ‘#GiveYourHeartOut’ which involves dedicating time around Valentine’s Day to raising money for Save a Child’s Heart. .
Student efforts this year also focused on campaigns, “Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve” and “Send A Heart To Save A Heart”, spreading awareness online and raising funds through T-shirts available on campus.
Send A Heart To Save A Heart got students to sell chocolates and roses on campus, including a delivery service by J-Socs to deliver Valentine’s Day gifts to their crushes and friends on campus.
UJS staff ‘wore their hearts’ as part of the selfie campaign and volunteered on 13 February selling bath fizzers and shirts in various locations around North London and which raised over £700.
President of UJS, Ella Rose, told Jewish: “Save A Child’s Heart is a truly amazing charity and one that I am proud UJS is supporting. They provide lifesaving heart surgery for children from developing countries and use Israeli and Western technologies to help those who don’t have access to such a high level of healthcare. I can’t think of a better charity to support.”
The campaign is continuing to sell ‘Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeves’ shirts online, more campus events are also scheduled for the coming weeks.
In December 2014, UJS took nine students on an intensive leadership training trip in which they had three meetings with Save A Child’s Heart, which included surgeons, executive director Simon Fisher and a special dinner with the children.