On Thursday, April 18th, Quinnipiac hosted an Earth Day celebration in which our class got to have a table for the Bobcat Flea Market. This event consisted of Quinnipiac apparel, like sports teams shirts, or anything that had to do with Quinnipiac or the Bobcats. This year we were lucky enough to have been able to auction off a Frozen Four Hockey Uniform, as well as two Frozen Four sweatshirts. These helped us make a lot of money for South Africa. We earned a total of $2,318.03 to go towards our service projects in South Africa.
This event really opened my eyes to what we are doing once we get to South Africa. It never seemed real this whole semester; I knew we were going, but it felt like we were just learning about the country.
During the Bobcat Flea Market I felt like I wanted to push people into buying things because I wanted to make as much money as possible. Every time a new person would come to the table, looking interested in the apparel, I wanted them to ask
what we were doing and why, because I feel that it is such a good cause, anyone would want to contribute.
A few professors and prospective uniform buyers would speak to us and ask exactly what we were doing there and I felt excited to brag about what we are doing and who we are going to help.
I wish that we could have had more events like this throughout the semester. The Eli’s fundraiser was a
great way to get the ball rolling with raising money. However, I did not feel like I was truly emerged in the fundraising, until I was there speaking about our cause. Once I found out how much money we made I was extremely happy. The feeling of helping others is euphoric, and I feel that if this small event gave me that much joy, than South Africa will be a trip of a lifetime.