Geneva Students 'Paddle for Cancer' in Webster Works Project

Sep. 23, 2015

Geneva Webster Works 'Paddle for Cancer'
Geneva students volunteered all weekend at the Dragon Boat Festival.

For their Webster Works Worldwide project this year, 32 undergraduate student leaders and study abroad students at Webster University's Geneva campus volunteered to help the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) Dragon Boat Festival, the ESCA's major fundraising event.

The festival of dragon boats and racing in the small Swiss village of L'Abbaye was attended by about 3,000 people, including the Webster student volunteers who helped with logistics while forming new bonds with each other and their community. 

“Many of the Webster student leaders are already used to the volunteering, however the ESCA festival is a completely different experience to the events we usually work on," said Anaita Azizi, sophomore at Webster Geneva, who registered participants with a cancer survivor who started a support group to help others who still suffer from it. "It was great to get spend time with students I barely talk to at university, as well as making new inspirational friends. I got this and so much more from the ESCA festival.“

The festival organizers appreciated the support from Webster students, dressed in their purple Webster Works Worldwide 2015 t-shirts, who have volunteered with the organization for the past seven years.

"We had another amazingly successful Paddle for Cancer, and we couldn’t have done it without the Webster team!" said Nicola Bowers, the main volunteer coordinator at the Dragon Boat Festival. "I am always overwhelmed by everyone’s hard work and dedication. The students were all so polite and willing to help and I am hoping they will look back with pride and enjoyment that they were a part of the event.”

See more photos and quotes from students in the full story at Webster Geneva.

About Webster Works Worldwide

Webster Works Worldwide is Webster University's annual, global campus-wide community service day, where community members at each campus worldwide partner with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students, faculty, staff and alumni work in teams on projects including tutoring, painting, gardening, working with children or seniors, park and trail restoration, and fine arts projects. 

Since the start of Webster Works Worldwide in 1995, more than 30,000 volunteers have given more than 128,000 hours of service. No matter how Webster University volunteers choose to donate their time, they make a difference in their communities and help those in need.

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