The events portfolio has two main functions. The first is fundraising; we make it possible to send our Junior Fellow overseas to help make social impact. Secondly, we create awareness for EWB. With our large events, we are able to reach many people, and make them aware of what EWB does and the values we promote. We are able to teach people about the impact they can have in making our world a better place.
Run to End Poverty (R2EP) is an event that takes place annually across many EWB chapters. The goal of each run is to bring awareness to global poverty. The event consists of a 5 kilometer run starting at Western University’s TD Stadium.
This year, we aim to bring in more of the London community to participate in the event. The intention of the run is not only to raise money for our Junior Fellow, but to get new chapter members involved, raise awareness about what EWB Western does throughout the year, and have fun!
An EWB Western tradition for over a decade, Pumpkin Drop is one of the first events we run each year. Due to the event’s high public visibility, it is an excellent opportunity to spread EWB’s message, involve new members, and fundraise money for the chapter.
During the event, a 700+ pound pumpkin is hauled over 100 feet into the air above Western’s UC hill and dropped to its doom below, with spectators watching from the sidelines. Money is raised for our Junior Fellow through a variety of methods, including soliciting donations from the audience, selling baked goods, and getting sponsorships from local businesses.
In October 2018, we’ll be dropping this pumpkin like a bad habit.
Casino Night is a fun way to play poker and blackjack with the EWB and Western communities in an upscale setting. Tickets purchased serve as buy-ins and participants receive a bag of chips at the beginning of the night; however, bags of chips are not split evenly, to simulate global inequality. Participants compete to have a chance to win a variety of prizes at the end of the evening.
This event aims to bring the EWB and Western communities closer together, educate all stakeholders on how inequality impacts the world, and raise money for our Junior Fellow.