On the 16th of January, some members of the KU Leuven team have transformed the New Year’s drink of the faculty into a fundraising event to support SOS Syrian Children, a Belgian organization which brings medical and educational material to the refugee camps in the surroundings of Aleppo.
Anne Goddeeris, Greta Jans, Joachim Bretschneider and Anne-Sophie Van Vyve have asked the dean, Luc Draye, to cancel the order for snacks and have called on their colleagues of the faculty to prepare their own delicacies, which resulted in a 15 meter long buffet of exquisite appetizers. This was even adequate to attract some very important people of the University like (former) (vice-)rectors: Prof. Rik Torfs, Prof. Danny Pieters, Prof. André Oosterlinck en Prof. Marc Vervenne. An impression of the event can be seen on the facebook page of the arts faculty (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.756031077758407.1073741829.494542187240632&type=1).
The guests at the drink enthusiastically supported the initiative, with culinary masterpieces as well as financially. At the end the money box contained 1722 euro! And yesterday, we have rounded the cape of €2000! Thanks to our KU Leuven Letteren colleagues! Additional contributions may still increase the amount of money which we offer to Suzy Bochi and her team who are transporting wheelchairs, school books, powdered milk, hospital beds and other scarcities over the Syrian border through Turkey (https://nl-nl.facebook.com/SOSSyrianChildren).