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GlobeMania Raises Valuable Funds for SOS Africa
14 Jun 2012
Earlier this year Northumbria University's Newcastle Business School developed a severe case of GlobeMania, which resulted in over 150 students (and some lecturers) from around 15 nationalities coming together to enjoy a unique international experience, full of multicultural entertainment and food from around the world; all in aid of two selected charities.
In its third year of existence, GlobeMania 2012, which was organised by International Business Management students with the help of the programme leader Dr. Steffi Macht, raised over £630 for two charities: ‘Dreams Come True’ and ‘SOS Africa’, both of which aspire to aid children in need:
“Globemania is a fundraising event arranged by students for students, and we decided on the charities we would raise money for as a group. We felt in choosing smaller charities such as SOS Africa we were able to guarantee that everyone attending the event was directly contributing to the education of children who have not been as fortunate as ourselves during their lives so far” Matthew Pringle
Upon arrival, all attendees had their photo taken, as a memory of the event, in front of an American-style decorated wall. Guests then had the opportunity to mingle and meet people from diverse backgrounds, before an eclectic mix of foods from around the world was served. After having satisfied their appetites on the likes of Italian pasta, Indian curry and Chinese spring rolls, attendees had another opportunity to mix and mingle, before being exposed to a variety of engaging and entertaining performances from the organisers, as well as from Northumbria University’s Indonesian and Indian societies.
A traditional Indonesian dance, known as a Saman (or dance of thousand hands), which is performed while kneeling, was followed by an instrumental musical performance using a traditional Indonesian instrument made of bamboo tubes: the Angklung. The Indonesian society’s third performance was a celebratory and energetic traditional dance called Nigbing. Subsequently, the Indian society performed a very different, yet equally engaging and vibrant cultural dance. The night then transformed into a Caribbean setting, whereby guests were encouraged to dance the Bachata, unaware however, that the best dancers were to be awarded a prize.
The event’s enjoyment continued with the nominees for ‘King and Queen of GlobeMania’, who were crowned based on their outfit and performance in an informal but truly entertaining fashion show. The night drew to a close with an exciting raffle that included a large number of popular prizes donated by Costa coffee, Kurt Geiger, Lush Cosmetics, Whittard of Chelsea and many more!
“GlobeMania international event was a great success and achieved its aim in developing our cultural awareness, by bringing a range of people from the different cultures & backgrounds together. The night was full of various cultural traditions and activities to raise money for a great cause” Angeline Salim
SOS Africa would like to thank Northumbria University Newcastle Business School and the event organisers: Matthew Pringle, Terry Boyle, Laura Lau, Chelsea Walker, Victoria Jelli, Connor Hoskins, Arrian Cornwell, Angeline Salim and Nur Wali.
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