Last Saturday, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) transformed itself into a different place. The school celebrated its 10th Annual Charity Day, and the whole school felt and looked festive and joyful.
Excited faces walked through the aisles filled with variety of food, drinks, souvenir items and handicrafts.
Food abounded, games were fun, and creative artworks were displayed for everyone to see. Samples of henna arts were also made available in one of the dozens of booths lined up around the campus.
The annual fundraising event also included a live concert by famous musicians such as Chhorn Sovnnareach and Aok Sokun Kanha. The ecstatic atmosphere was evident as students screamed out the lyrics of their favourite songs and danced their hearts out.
But more than the fun and entertainment, the event was meant to raise funds for RUPP’s chosen charities and beneficiaries.
“This fundraising is not only for fun but it is also created as a platform where students can cooperate together to sell goods for a cause and it also encourages people and youth to join charitable activities,” Sam Ratha, one of the participants, said.
“Participants were also able to enjoy the food and music that the organisers have prepared. It’s not all the time that our university holds this kind of event – where we can reunite with our friends and just enjoy, no homework nor projects.”
Oeung Chyhav, fourth year student International Studies student at RUPP, said that for this year’s fundraising event, his class decided to sell spicy noodles and conducted the
famous spicy noodle challenge for customers. With people actively taking part in the challenge, he believed that their endeavour was successful.
“I literally love it. The fact that this year’s fundraising event is my final year here in the university, it made things even more memorable. So I can say that, these personal factors makes the fund raising event way better.
“Furthermore, we have done the spicy noodle challenge (mi herl challenge) for four years and still meet our objectives of making enough revenue to give back to our classmates and donate the rest to charity. This goes to show that fundraising event is undoubtedly a successful annual event that has garnered a lot of support for charity. And the money comes from all forms of works and projects initiated by the students themselves. I think that’s really nice,” he noted.
President of the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia (UYFC), Mr Hun Many, also graced the fundraising event. He said in a speech that he didn’t hesitate coming to RUPP because “the school is not only a bank of knowledge, but also a place that plants the roots of charitable activities”.
The fundraising activities were also seen to contribute a lot to students’ personal growth and cultivate a mindset to help other people in any way they can.