On Sunday, December 10, the largest annual charity fair in Russia, Dushevny Bazar, welcomed its guests. Over 50 NGOs gathered at Gostiny Dvor not only to inform but to involve the guests in their charitable work. The visitors could help in sorting and packing food for the needy and signing holiday cards for the elderly, as well as participate in numerous workshops and buy souvenirs to benefit various charities. All through the event, the Bazar's volunteers were there to help with the workshops, guide the visitors, and even find the children that got lost at the big and crowded venue. About a hundred of volunteers were MSUBS students.
For most of these, volunteering at the Bazar started way before December 10, for some, a whole year ago. Third year BM students, Igor Misharin and Alexey Abramov, came to the last year's Bazar as common volunteers – and could not help staying, first, to help with dismantling the stage and the kiosks after the event, and then, to take on a bigger responsibility, the co-ordination of the next year volunteers. The second year students joined in last autumn, helping in PR work, running errands, preparing the materials for the event.
Right before the Bazar, first year students joined in. "We had an emergency. We found out that the team in charge of assembling all the structures for the venue will not be coming. We had but 6 people to cover this zone and just 2-3 days left till the event. And the venue is really tough, it is Gostiny Dvor, time management is crucial. We turned to the first year students for help, and they came to the rescue right away", says volunteer co-ordinator and MSUBS second year student, Alexandra Avrorskaya. "I am really proud of our guys. They had the toughest job of them all and they really showed their best. They were working all night assembling the venue and by morning they could hardly stand, they were that tired. Yet they managed to do the whole thing in time, they worked as one team. When you see this, you feel immensely proud, you see that you study at the right place with the right people".
On December 10, student volunteers worked in all zones of Dushevny Bazar and there was plenty of work for everyone. Every volunteer did their best to make sure that Dushevny Bazar would once again be seen as the most welcoming and memorable charity event of the season. Inga Moiseeva, project manager at D-Group.Social, the host of Dushevny Bazar, commented, "The motto of our volunteers is, "I'm in charge of the Bazar". There is an element of joke here but when it comes to MSUBS volunteers, I can assure you, it is really serious and they live by it. They were really in charge, they assumed full responsibility for how the Bazar was going to work out and I can say that, without their commitment and their willingness to help, we would have had a very hard time. Thank you so much, MSUBS, and we are looking forward to partnering with you next year!"