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UB solidary basket beats participation records

The four winners of the UB solidary basket picked up the prize today, Monday, in the Historical Building, in a ceremony presided by Francisco Esteban.

The four winners of the UB solidary basket picked up the prize today, Monday, in the Historical Building, in a ceremony presided by Francisco Esteban.

21/12/2020

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Solidarity is unstoppable. It is seen in the fact that the UB solidary basket has raised 5,456€ this year –figures representing its all-time high numbers–, which will be used for the research project on the impact of COVID-19, at the University of Barcelona: “Help us prevent new outbreaks: discovering asymptomatic carriers”, linked to the UB Sponsors program.

A total of 2,728 participation tickets were sold, bought by more than 750 people. This edition has also beaten participation records regarding the students, accounting for a 43% of the total. There are 324 students who bought tickets, 246 AdSS members (32%), 163 TRS members (22%) and 25 external staff members.

The four winners of the UB solidary basket picked up the prize today, Monday, in the Historical Building, in a ceremony presided by Francisco Esteban, acting vice-rector for Communication. The winner of the Tió basket was José M. Ortiz, AdSS member. The Neula basket was given to Carme Junyent, TRS member. The winner of the Galet basket was the student Mailen Oro. And Celeste Berrocal, AdSS member, won the Pessebre basket.
 

 

Funds will be used for a project on the detection of asymptomatic and presymptomatic carriers at the UB

The funds raised by this year’s solidary basket will be entirely used on the research project “Help us prevent new outbreaks: finding asymptomatic carriers”, which aims to conduct a cross-sectional screening study of the SARS-CoV-2 infection in a representative sample of people from the university community. Therefore, using PCR tests and serological studies, it aims to determine the incidence of active infection and seroprevalence for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the UB community.

The study will be conducted on a representative and proportional population of 5,000 people from the university community, in order to identify, through the PCR technique and serological studies, potential asymptomatic or presymptomatic active infected people by SARS-CoV-2.

The detection of asymptomatic and presymptomatic carriers in the University should improve the knowledge on the epidemiology of the disease in the university context, especially because it will enable the detection of cases among young university population, who are not usually detected. From the health perspective, positive cases of coronavirus will enter the standard monitoring, isolation and disease management circuit, set by the Department of Health of the Catalan Government.

 

A six-year-old solidary project

The first edition of the Solidary basket raised 1,838 €, used for a project that was promoted and managed by UB Solidarity Foundation, on the social and work placement and promotion of interculturality though urban and local agriculture. Specifically, the funds were used to launch a pre-work placement initiative for fifteen young people in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, under social exclusion risk, through a training in crops in urban areas.

En la segona edició, la Panera solidària va recaptar 4.274 €, que es van destinar a La Marató de TV3, dedicada a l’ictus i les lesions medul·lars i cerebrals traumàtiques. Amb aquests diners es van finançar projectes de recerca biomèdica d’excel·lència seleccionats per la Fundació La Marató.

The second edition of the Solidary basket raised 4,274 €, used in La Marató de TV·, dedicated to the stroke and traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. The money funded biomedical research projects that were selected by La Marató Foundation.

The following year, the basket raised 4,684 €, used in the program Hospital Amic, from Sant Joan de Déu’s social work. The money improved the experience of hospitalized children through several activities (hospital clowns, art-therapy, workshops, musicotherapy, singing workshops, volunteering and interventions with dogs).

The fourth edition raised 5,314€, used on Sant Joan de Déu’s social work, specially on a project to improve the diagnostic and rehabilitation of children with brain paralysis. The main objective of the project was to develop a support platform for the cognitive diagnostic of patients with a motor disorder.

In 2019, the basket raised 3,496€, used on the UB support programme for refugees and people from conflict areas, coordinated by the UB Solidarity Foundation. The main objective was to promote the access to higher education for refugees.


 

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