'Do good; Each one, reach one'. That's the theme for this Thursday as the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus will celebrate its first ever Humanitarian Day.
Humanitarian Day is among several activities to take place throughout this week, which is being recognised as External Affairs Committee (EAC) Week at UWI.
UWI EAC President Royanne De Silva told The Gleaner that Humanitarian Day was expected to assist students in becoming more aware of the impact they can make on society.
"The aim of the day is for every UWI student to do a good, meaningful deed. As university students, we must reach to a level of consciousness where we become our 'brother's keeper' because I think that is what is lacking in our modern world," De Silva said.
"We, the Mona campus, came up with the idea, but we have invited our sister campuses - Western Jamaica, Cave Hill in Barbados, and St Augustine in Trinidad - to come on board. Hopefully it will continue to be celebrated on the second Thursday in October for years to come," she added.
On a mission
De Silva noted that the EAC was on a mission to get all students involved in outreach and make it as engaging as possible.
"We have put together a list of ideas for students to do on October 10 such as donate tin items and clothes which we will later distribute to the homeless; visit a UWI hospital paediatric ward and volunteer with the children; buy someone lunch or even just to smile more on that day," De Silva continued.
The aim of the day is for every UWI student to do a good, meaningful deed.