Giving Tuesday is a global charity event, which was held all over the world on November 28th. MSUBS students took part in the Giving Tuesday by organizing a charity bake sale. The week after Giving Tuesday, Konstantin Sedov, the first professional hospital clown in Russia and the founder of the Hospital Clowns, an NGO that trains and co-ordinates hospital clowns across Russia, came to meet the team that had organised the bake sale in support of hospital clowns. The students that hosted the sale on Giving Tuesday passed the collected funds, 82.500 rubles, to Sedov. This amount is enough to fund 15 shifts of hospital clown works, which translates into 15 funny and positive days for bedridden kids in Moscow hospitals.
Some may say that the biggest need of kids in critical condition are the medications and medical equipment. However, even in a hospital a child should remain a child. As Sedov says, "Whatever the diagnosis, whatever hospice or hospital, you cannot cancel childhood and smiles. We are, in some way, partners of the kids, parents, and even doctors – we are their partners in joy. Research demonstrates that hospital clowns are effective: patients get well sooner, if they smile or laugh".
We are proud of our students that organised the sale on Giving Tuesday and our special thanks go to the Spain Team that had won the presentations part of International Festival and Fair, for the team decided to pass the prize money to the Giving Tuesday fund to benefit the hospital clowns. We thank the team of second year BM students and their leader, Daria Serkichekova, for the great Giving Tuesday event.