Charity and Concern for Others Are at the Heart of the British School of Bucharest Community
At BSB, concern and kindness are fundamental because we want our students to grow up to be good people. Apart from helping our students fulfil their academic potential, we are responsible for raising them to become adults with outstanding moral fibre.
That is why we teach them values like self-control, honesty, respect, equality and concern for others. To learn and embrace these values, we empower our students to live by these values daily by adopting an active role in community service projects and various fundraising activities. By helping others, our pupils develop their social awareness and learn to take the initiative in supporting the community.
Over the last 20 years, we’ve been involved in more than 200 fundraising projects, helped over 20 NGO’s every year and actively volunteered to support various charitable causes. The volunteering opportunities for our students are an important part of our co-curricular provision and a reflection of our ethos and our primary motto:
For others by being kind to our community
Many students commit to weekly community service at Don Orione or Fundatia Inocenti through our co-curricular after-school programme. Alongside these community-focused activities, the British School of Bucharest community also raises money and collects clothes, toys and food to support these local charities with various activities throughout the year.
Concern for our community
Below you will find some of the support charities we have partnered with in Romania and the UK. Our active Charities Committee, made up of senior students and staff, coordinates a series of community commitments, annual events and fundraising campaigns.
At BSB, we support Romanian charities because we recognise the challenges that many people face and the vital work that charities play in helping people. We also assist some UK charities, such as Jeans for Genes and Macmillan, for specific fundraising appeals. We see this as an essential part of our identity as a British School.
Some of the charities supported by BSB
Little People Romania
St. Stelian Association (Asociația Sfântul Stelian)
The Movember Foundation
Jeans For Genes
MacMillan Cancer Support
Light into Europe
Fundatia Inocenti - A Romanian charity that supports Romanian children and families in need and prevents child abandonment.
Light into Europe - A British charity established in 1986 by a group of professionals to develop relief, medical and humanitarian programmes in Eastern Europe.
Casa Ioana - Casa Ioana is a domestic abuse and family homelessness charity working in Bucharest. They help women and children resolve their problems and acquire the necessary skills and assistance to regain family stability and affordable housing. They address the multiple underlying issues of domestic violence and family homelessness rather than simply focusing on providing short-term emergency shelter.
Little People - The Little People Association offers child and teenage cancer patients the support each one of them needs. It provides the field of paediatric oncology from Romania and the Republic of Moldova with a whole range of high-quality services, daily psychosocial support programmes for patients, complex events for the young cancer survivors, professionalism in volunteer coordination, material support for hospital wards through playroom renovation projects, donations of medical equipment and acquisition of hard-to-find medicines.
Asociația Sfântul Stelian - The St. Stelian Association (Asociația Sfântul Stelian) aims to improve solidarity and equal opportunities by improving the quality of life of disadvantaged social categories (children, young people, families, the elderly) through day centres, outreach programmes, drug testing and support.
The Movember Foundation - Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
BSB MAD (Make A Difference)
BSB MAD (Make A Difference) started as an initiative for students passionate about helping others. They wanted to use their organisational and communication skills, rather than volunteer directly with the charities. The students involved come up with ideas for new charity events, raising awareness about the charities we support through speaking in assemblies and designing Daily Notices and running events.
Some of the BSB Charity events
For our students to acquire the right habits that will help them live good lives and become supporting members of their communities, we work with a variety of foundations and organise a range of charity events.
JEANS FOR GENES
Jeans for Genes Day is our annual fundraising event where we wear our pair of favourite jeans to raise money for children with life-altering genetic disorders from the UK. For a day in September, we get to swap our uniforms for casual attire and donate to a worthy cause. Stickers and pins are also available for sale for those who want to contribute even more.
In October, we celebrate Harvest Festival, our annual tradition of collecting and donating clothes and non-perishable goods to vulnerable children and the elderly, supported by the St. Stelian charity organisation. This action reminds all of us to be thankful for what we’ve got and to always support those who are less fortunate.
November is the month when men let their beards and moustaches grow big, bold and brave, to show support for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives. We get on board the global charitable event, Movember, to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide rates. While growing our ‘stache’, we also raise some cash by attempting to walk, jog, run (or swim!) collectively the distance from Bucharest to London, as a School community.
OLYMPICS OF THE INNOCENTS
In May, BSB students volunteer to support the work of Fundația Inocenți by helping to organise the Olympics of the Innocents, held in the town of Bistrița in the north of Romania. The Olympics is an event that encourages and supports orphaned children and children with special needs to take part in a day’s sporting events, followed by games and artistic activities.
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