UNICEF at Loras had their annual “Trick-or-Treat” fundraiser this past week on Thursday, October 30. Club members dressed in costume and went from residence hall to residence hall, house to house, apartment to apartment collecting change from fellow students for the UNICEF campaign. At the end of the night, they had collected approximately $500 to add to the previous $200 already collected from their Candy for Change fundraiser and their Dark Chambers night in the weeks leading up to Trick-or-Treat.
On the night of Trick-or-Treat, the members of UNICEF at Loras visited all of Loras housing to collect the change boxes they had previously distributed, as well as asking if students had any additional change they wished to donate. They dressed up in costumes, and informed curious students about UNICEF’s mission to help kids in need around the world with food, water, sanitation and wellness needs.
After finishing the collection portion of the night, they headed back to the ACC to count the money they had raised for UNICEF and celebrate Halloween. After the totals were calculated, they combined all of the change to be sent off to the larger UNICEF organization, as part of the worldwide Trick-or-Treat campaign that took place in countries around the world.
“October is definitely my favorite month to fundraise for UNICEF. This year we not only had our traditional Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF event, but we also had two new exciting campaigns, Candy for Change and the Haunted House out at Dark Chambers, and all of these combined helped us to reach our goal of $700. I hope we can turn these campaigns into new traditions and get people excited about them” junior and UNICEF at Loras graphic designer Juanita Bustamante said.
The final total will be announced in the coming week, once the remainder of the change boxes have been gathered from around campus and from faculty. The club has already surpassed their initial fundraising goal of $700, and is excited about the generosity of the Loras community.
The second-biggest fundraiser for UNICEF will be Salsa Night, which will take place in February this year. Although it is a long way off, the UNICEF at Loras members have already started planning for the event. More information will be released in coming months about this event.