Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM held another FISIPRUN event on Friday afternoon (10/12). The event this time was intended to collect donations for earthquake victims in Palu, Donggala, and Sigi. It was also one of their 62nd Anniversary celebrations.
Dian Fatmawati, Secretary of the Faculty, stated the FISIPRUN was one of the tangible manifestations of the faculty’s response to the problems that occurred in Indonesia. “Many students and staff suggested to arrange a fundraising event, that’s why we held this event.”
According to Dian, each participant is required to pay for registration fees. Students are charged Rp 10,000 while lecturers and staff are charged Rp 30,000. This registration fee will later be donated to earthquake victims.
She noted that the registration fee was the minimal amount. Participants are allowed to donate more if they want. “So far, 330 people have registered and the funds collected have reached Rp100 million.”
Fund distribution, she continued, was handed over to UGM Disaster Response Unit team which went straight to the disaster areas.
Dr. Erwan Agus Purwanto, M.Si., the faculty’s Dean, explained the reason for choosing FISIPRUN as a media to collect donations. In his opinion, running is one of the activities that can be used to reflect on the earthquake victims sufferings.
“When running, we will feel tired and breathe heavily. It makes us think of giving up or carry on. Although it was only a minor part, the victims also felt all that,” said Erwan.
Erwan hoped that this event can further improve empathy and promote a healthy lifestyle to the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences’ academic community in particular and UGM. Then, for the earthquake victims, he hoped the donations could help ease their sufferings. “Hopefully, this will bring good fortune,” he concluded.