Charity drives, community outreach and good will can be seen throughout TASIS during the festive season, with students of all ages and faculty taking part.
One of these worthy causes can be found in the foyer of Thorpe Place, where sixteen angels sit amongst the branches of the Christmas tree. Each angel represents a young single mother or a baby from two local shelters who do not have a warm family Christmas to look forward to this year. Every year, Mrs. Reinikainen, Activities Coordinator, liaises with support workers at the shelters to make sure each mother and child receives a thoughtful gift.
Members of Thorpe Community Link (TCL) have been nurturing their relationships with the local senior citizens by holding a Christmas afternoon tea and by inviting the residents to festive musical concerts and plays during December. At this year’s tea party, students and faculty welcomed a large number of new residents, which is a testament to the hard work and time that the TCL members put into building a strong relationship with the local Thorpe community.
Students’ generosity can be seen in other areas of campus with the donation of canned foods for The Salvation Army, the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal, collecting items for an upcoming trip to Romania with Romanian Children’s Relief charity, where students work with children in need, and fundraising through the student cooperative for Calcutta Rescue charity.
The charitable cheer has spread to the faculty room at TASIS, where, for the last ten years, holiday greetings between members of TASIS faculty and staff have been displayed on a Holiday Wreath. Instead of sending individual greetings cards, people join to make a donation to charity. The nominated charities this year are the Nursery at the White Lodge Centre in Chertsey and Virginia Lodge Day Centre in Egham.