There were smiling faces all round at this joint event last Tuesday, where Pride, the LGBT+ society, met to enjoy a few board games with good friends at Y Plas’ food court. Games included everything from Family Fortunes style Tension to old party favourites like Twister and Jenga. To one side, Marrow set up a stall where those interested in getting on the Anthony Nolan register to donate bone marrow could spit in a tube, fill in some forms and officially register their interest. Even after everyone had a few slices of Cardiff’s finest Rocket Joe’s pizza, the saliva was still salvageable!
Neither society is a stranger to such joint events. Marrow won Best Collaboration last year at the Societies Ball, for their joint events with Asian Society. This followed the revelation of Asian committee member Vithiya’s cancer and the fact that Asians are under-represented on the UK donations register. After an upsurge in Asian donations which may well have saved lives elsewhere, Vithiya is now back to her studies after a successful transplant.
Pride meanwhile has been a regular collaborator with societies including Harry Potter and English Lit. New Members Rep, William Delves, told me that Pride is a “very charitable society,” with members actively involved in many causes, of which Marrow is only one. They regularly raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust and Just Like Us. Just Like Us is particularly close to many Pride members’ hearts, as their representatives head into secondary schools to educate pupils about sexuality and gender identity.
Marrow’s media coordinator, Eleanor Philpotts, said: “it’s fantastic to co-ordinate with LGBT society. Joining up with other societies at Cardiff allows Marrow to reach a wider representation of potential donors.”
She has a point. Although the social was a cheery affair, with board games, pizza and a few pints sneaked in from the Taf, there was a serious side. In the organ donation game, diversity can mean the difference between life and death.