This year, we have started planning our new charitable initiatives early on! Since its all brand new, it is exciting because it means we have a clean slate, and full creative licence to do things how we want.
It all started by creating a shortlist of 10x charities that we would choose from. Ali and Aniqah compiled the shortlist, to consist of 5x dentally related charities and 5x non-dental charities. We set up polls and the DentSoc committee then chose their preferences - with the results all in, the most selected charity was Dentaid, and so that's who we went ahead to confirm as our selected charity to support this year!
Once that was confirmed, we then had to contact QMSU to officially tell them about our plans, as we have to "adopt" the charity. We can now say that we have indeed adopted Dentaid, and since then we have had a conference call with the lovely Bex, the Dentaid Fundraising and Corporate Relations Manager. The telephone meeting with Dentaid went perfectly, and we are now even more excited to be supporting Dentaid, happy with our decision :)
The next steps, are to get properly planning exactly how, what and when we will be doing this year in order to raise money. Not just that, the exciting news is that we can also potentially send some of our students and staff to actively support Dentaid in the UK through Oral Health Promotion missions.
We are currently preparing the Charitable Activity Calendar for term 1 of the 2017/2018 academic year, and are also recruiting a mini Charities team to support Aniqah with planning and organising the Inaugural Charity Ball, which will take place in November 2017!
So yeah....that's the update for now. We are really excited and hope you reading this are too! Watch this space for more blog post updates on what's going on and how you can get involved
All the best,
DentSoc President 2017/2018