«Solidarity is very difficult to find on an ordinary day» said Carmen Parra «Solidarity is very difficult to find on an ordinary day» said Carmen Parra

«Solidarity is very difficult to find on an ordinary day» said Carmen Parra

Abat Oliba University based St. Jordi on solidarity
ZPortada Izquierda 25 abril, 2018 user3 0
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Sant Jordi is traditionally known in Catalunya as the day of books and roses. Abat Oliba University in Barcelona decided to give it another approach, based in solidarity. The Volunteer Service, directed by Carmen Parra, organized a market with several ONG to dedicate this day to people in need.
Parra also coordinated a group of students that wrote messages for elder people. She assured that “there’s a union between solidarity and culture”» when she was asked if people are more willing to give on especial occasions. “It is very difficult to find solidarity on an ordinary day”. In her opinion, the best part of the day was seeing people helping other people.

Solidarity market

Several organizations were distributed in the university cloister. Alpi was one of them. They sold articles with the objective of donating the revenues. “Doing this comforts me” said Toni, Alpi’s volunteer. For him, the relationship between Sant Jordi and Solidarity is that “we all have in mind today the idea of spending, so is easier to get people buying things this day”.

He talk to us about his experience of solidarity today

Antoni (Toni), Alpi’s volunteer


On the other hand, Neus, from the Association of Help to Nepal, sold Nepali products and handmade articles to send the money back to a foster house in the country. And in her opinion, giving is not so easy on this especial day. “Today people are more about books and roses than for solidarity”, she said.
Finally, Proyecto Benin sold books and other articles collaborating with UAO school teaching students. It consists on a solidary and pedagogical project to help schools back in the country of Benin. Yolanda, the volunteer, shared a very common opinion about the giving spirit of Sant Jordi. She assured that “everyone goes out with the intention of buying stuff”. “If they find something that can help other people, they will”.


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