Generocksity parties for charity

Philanthropic campus club helps Kingston Youth Shelter

Generocksity at the Brooklyn last year. 
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Photo supplied by Simon Israel

Philanthropy and partying—it’s how Generocksity plans to assist homeless youth.

The campus club returned to the Brooklyn on Thursday to raise money for the Kingston Youth shelter. Before press time, the club expected to raise about $15,000 with the help of Bo Wellend, Local Band, and Sierra Roberts.

By taking advantage of the party scene on campus, Generocksity’s Queen’s chapter lived their motto, “Party for a Purpose.” 

The club was first created in Vancouver five years ago by a group of students who wanted to make a change in their community using the one thing university students are best at—partying. 

“Generocksity was created as a way to try to get university students involved in philanthropy. [In] Kingston, we try to do as much as we can in the community and get the University students engaged so that they can do something to help out the local community,” Generocksity President Simon Israel, told The Journal. 

Since its creation, the club has grown and evolved to incorporate events that go 

beyond concerts. Every Generocksity club chapter has a different approach to reaching students and raising money. What works for one campus, may not work for the next. 

“It’s grown and grown over time and sort of changed its dynamic. So I think right now we’re at seven different 

locations across North America, with one in New York, and it’s pretty amazing. We started in Kingston about four years ago now,” Israel said. “It’s been amazing to see it grow as a whole.” 

Each branch of Generocksity finds their niche area in their community. 

For Kingston, it’s no surprise it focused on live music. 

“We find that theselive music events really work well in the Kingston community,” Israel said. 

According to Israel, the cause “provides support and a stable environment for all kids in the Kingston community.”

The club doesn’t just benefit local organizations andcharities, it teaches student about the city and the needs of their community.  

Street team memberand photographer CaitlinHebert appreciates the club for showing her a side of the community she hadn’t seen while at Queen’s. 

“Generocksity is an enriching experience, we get to connect with the Kingston community and learn about organizations we wouldn’t otherwise have known about. We don’t focus on one charity. Rather, [we] try to reach out to as many as we can,” Hebert said. 

The club is working hard to show students how easy it can be to help their community: people don’t have to donate massive amounts of money to make a difference. 

Generocksity proves money spent on an average night out in the hub, can be enough to support local charities. 

“With local Kingston bands and 100 per cent of our proceeds going to charity, we feel that we are truly helping the Kingston community that has done so much for us already,” Hebert said. 

 

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