8 April 2019
Students for a good cause

20th Ragweek Maastricht

It’s Ragweek again! The 20th Ragweek Maastricht will be held from 10 to 17 April. During this week, students from Maastricht are committed to raising money for two charities: Campagneteam Huntington and the Bibihuis Maastricht.

The president of Ragweek Maastricht 2019 is Claire van Doorn (22) from Culemborg. She got her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences at UM last year and wants to commit herself to the Maastricht community before she starts her master's programme. Her goal for this year: to reach as many people as possible. Claire: “The final amount is nice, but the journey we take to get there is the most important.”

Charities

Ragweek Maastricht is raising money for two charities: a national/international charity, Campagneteam Huntington, and a local charity, Bibihuis Maastricht. The charities are chosen annually and the proceeds are split equally between them.

Campagneteam Huntington

Campagneteam Huntington   raises money for scientific research into medicines for Huntington's disease. This is a fatal hereditary disease with symptoms akin to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS. There is a taboo and shame surrounding the disease. Campagneteam Huntington wants to break the taboo and, most importantly, find an effective medicine. Their mission is to make Huntington’s curable within the next ten years. And research funding is needed for that. Claire: “We’ve chosen this charity in collaboration with Ragweek Utrecht. We were inspired by Eric Reits, one of the founders. They’re doing good things by saying, ‘It's okay to talk about it’.”

Bibihuis Maastricht

The Bibihuis   is a house in Maastricht (Jekerdal) that helps children between the ages of four and twelve, who need a safe and warm home due to an unbalanced home situation and serious behavioural problems. The Bibihuis also strives to relieve parents (temporarily) of their child rearing duties during the weekends and holidays in order to prevent the children from possibly being placed outside of their home. Claire: “Every year, the board chooses a different charity, so that you’re committing yourself to something that’s really important to you. There are ‘only’ fourteen children here, but because of this we’re able to really help them. They’re now setting up the second house, and it’s nice to see where the money really goes. When you cycle past it you think, ‘Hey, we paid for those curtains’.”

Are you not able to participate in one of the activities? Then you can also donate money online  . The final amount collected will be announced mid-May.

Claire van Doorn, president Ragweek 2019
By: Mai Henckens