One of the most important projects initiated by ESN Timisoara is A Trinket for a Book. This project started three years ago and had a huge national and international success. This year the fourth edition was held. The workshopʼs goal from 20-23 March 2015 was meant to share Romanian traditions with Erasmus students, and to use their creativity in producing the trinkets. They created 400 trinkets along with ESN Timisoaraʼs volunteers, and on 25-27 March they sold the trinkets (priced at 5 lei) in special arranged booths in West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Economic Sciences, and Faculty of Law. The Erasmus students were the ones who sold the trinkets along with ESNʼs volunteers, forming groups of 5-6 people. The group who sold most of the trinkets were awarded. In all these days, they collected 1500 RON.
Among the most engaged volunteers in this project, Dana Polacec was awarded for the volunteer of the month due to her involvement in the Welcome Week, and Andreea Țoca got the most interactive volunteer and best buddy award, for being so helpful, friendly, and engaged into the A trinket for a book project.
With the money raised we bought books and school supplies which we gave away to children without financial possibilities. The books were donated to Walther Rudolf Association in Timisoara on Saturday, May 16 2015 and thus our mission was accomplished. ESN Timisoara's Star Award winning project "A Trinket for a Book" brought love, warmth and smiles in those children's lives! Last Saturday our volunteers along with a few Erasmus students gave away books to children from Rudolf Walther foster care in Timisoara, and had the opportunity to entertain them as well. The books were purchased with money raised by our Trinket Workshop. The children were well receptive and friendly. We are proud of our kind volunteers, and we hope we managed to inspire and motivate these young souls. 'Cause when you give love, you receive love!
Special thanks to everyone involved in this project and helping us to put a smile on a child’s face!