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17 May 2020 | in NUSF News

AZS's selfless and indomitable volunteer spirit continues during the COVID-19 crisis

During the pandemic when COVID-19 froze the world, most of the sports activities from Papua New Guinea to Poland came to an abrupt halt. In the latter county, the Polish Student Sport Association has also been affected by it with every mass event, and all educational institutions closed down as the central task during this new reality is to fight the virus – and help those who’ve faced it.

 

Ever ready in a time of need, members of the Polish Student Sport Association responded to this trouble with creative approaches to help. Here’s a rundown from the AZS members and how they’ve got involved in volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Lubin

MEDIA AngelikaWojcik NataliaCzerwonka fotAZS 03AZS speed skaters Natalia Czerwonka and Andzelika Wojcik assist the senior members of their community. They visit households to deliver food, help with household chores and walk dogs every day. 

 

This close contact with those in need has helped give the standout speed skaters a broader perspective and more intimate look into the public health situation. They’re plenty resourceful, too, as they started to collect leftovers from the seniors’ home and share them with an area animal shelter. Moreover, their positive attitude and efforts have encouraged others to donate a local orphanage to buy stationery for the kids. With confinement limiting their activities, bringing the necessary artistic instruments that allow them to express themselves creatively has added essential daily entertainment for these children.

 

Gdańsk

Polish hammer thrower Karolina Urban, a member of AZS Gdansk Club, is also helping seniors in a local organization, dividing her free time between training and Caritas. 

 

Lodz

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In an earlier profile article, we met up with Przemyslaw Jagielski, the AZS sports club chair, as he helped jumpstart a national initiative to help the country’s doctors by borrowed his local sports club’s and organize food and beverages 24/7 delivery to local hospitals. Przemyslaw even turned his backyard into the effort’s logistical centre of Lodz, coordinating the deliveries and food stores from big caterers. They have joined in the effort to feed the doctors and medical staff working the front lines. 

 

Lublin 

As the initiator of a balcony run, Dominik Malys hoped to collect some money for a Lublin hospital by organizing a flash mob. He called for jogging, treadmilling or marching together online while in home confinement. The participation fee was only five Polish złoty (a bit more than one Euro), but people could donate more. As a result, Dominik has gathered over 150 participants (both AZS members and strangers), who have raised more money for the hospital than even expected. The event was broadcast live on AZS Lublin University Club channel on 15 April 2020.

Warsaw 

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The Polish Student Sport Association headquarters have sent to their local offices a consignment of branded masks as a way to foster AZS’s sense of community and to encourage their members to follow quarantine requirements.

 

In addition, AZS sports complexes in Gorki, Wilkasy and Wroclaw have transformed into catering bases, providing meals for doctors and opening the doors of their hotels to host those medical staff unable to join their families during the pandemic. 

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 As part of the global university sports community, FISU tips its hats (and dons its masks) to show the pride we have in our collective response to the university sport volunteer stars during this pandemic. We hope to see all our members soon, to meet up under more relaxed and healthy circumstances.