On Sunday, March 22, the Waterloo Engineering Society enthusiastically endured their annual Engineering Bus Push event. By collectively pulling and pushing a school bus down our city streets and collecting pledges, this year’s 16 Bus Push volunteers raised over $700 for local charity, oneROOF: an organization that helps homeless and at risk youth in Waterloo Region.
This University of Waterloo Engineering ritual has continuously donated to a variety of charities since the early nineties, contributing over $35,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. From year-to-year, volunteers include a mixture of current engineering students, faculty, and even returning alumni.
The Engineering Society’s outreach activities place importance on social responsibility and involvement in our local happenings, creating ways for students, faculty, and alumni to give back to our community.
This year’s Bus Push organizer, Matt Robichaud, loved the event experience:
“It was really fun to see pedestrians and drivers puzzled and intrigued by what we were doing, and be motivated by honks of encouragement. My favourite moment was coming up to our final destination and feeling a bit in disbelief that we had already made it, and also instantly less tired! Seeing that street sign was quite gratifying and energizing.” - Matt Robichaud
Matt also understands how important it is for our campus community to have opportunities to be involved in charity and outreach initiatives like this, as it allows them to give back and feel closer to the community in which they reside.
“Getting involved in these events can make us better members of our school and better citizens of our community both now and in the future. It’s great that we can learn from these experiences and work together with local organizations to bring about positive outcomes for all involved.” - Matt Robichaud
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