Making a change one favour at a time

"What can I do for you?"UWaterloo students took over the campus with kindness

Need a drink delivered to you? A slice of pizza? A back massage after a long day of studying? Last Thursday, the #WhatCanIDoForYou team was happy to do UWaterloo students favours for an entire day.

On March 6, more than 20 UWaterloo students volunteered to spread positivity around campus by fulfilling student requests sent through social media: from delivering hot chocolate to teaching people how to dougie.

"Tell us what we can do for you. #WhatCanIDoForYou ...We'll do it in realtime. March 6 at UWaterloo."

“This campaign is about transforming minds,” says the founder Jagneet Singh, a speech communication student. “The ultimate goal is to get people thinking about what they can offer the world as opposed to what the world can offer them. The key to success is if people start thinking about providing more value to others, rather than to themselves.”

What started as an innocent Facebook status asking “What Can I Do For You?” one Friday night, has turned Jagneet and his friends, Amrit and Manvir’s initiative viral, and gained international attention in just two weeks.

This campaign has helped Jagneet connect with other people, and taught him that life is a journey to discover what you can offer the world. “In doing something that you are passionate about, ideas and initiatives are created and the world becomes richer with innovation and social impact,” he said.

On March 6, the team connected with more than 300 people and gave out 250 chocolates, 100 litres of hot chocolate and spent more than $300 out of their own pockets to fulfill requests for others.

The movement was supported by Big Bark Graphics, Blessed Apparel and AVPStudios. Check out #WhatCanIDoForYou Facebook page.

 
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