DMU's 24-hour Global Goals event: food and toiletries needed for refugees


At DMU’s ‘24 Hours with the Global Goalsevent on Thursday 18 to Friday 19 October, #DMUlocal volunteers will be packing 250 food bags and ‘dignity kits’ for refugees and you can help by donating items. The dignity kits include basic hygiene essentials, as recommended by the United Nations.

They will be sent to Calais and given out to refugees at the French port.


Mark Charlton, DMU’s Head of Public Engagement, said: “Dignity kits and food bags to help vulnerable refugees are a really practical way of giving help to migrants who are often vulnerable and destitute. The non-perishable food items are a big help to often hungry people and the hygiene items provide a little dignity in what are often very undignified conditions.”

How you can help

We urgently need any of the following items that we can pack into food bags and dignity kits:

  • Small bottles of water
  • Small cartons of fruit juice
  • Chocolate bars
  • Energy bars
  • Small packs of fruit and nuts
  • Ring-pull tins of fish
  • Bath soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Underwear (men and women's)
  • Detergent/washing powder
  • Combs
  • Sanitary towels/pads

You can take any items on this list to the Strategic and International Partnerships (SIPs) reception in the Portland Building between now and Thursday morning.

At Thursday’s event, there will be donation boxes in Hawthorn Square where items can be dropped off.

From midnight until 6am on Friday 19 October, any donations can be taken to the Campus Centre, where volunteers will be packing the kits.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to pack food bags and dignity kits at the Campus Centre should email

About the event

The 24-hour event begins at noon on Thursday 18 October and is devoted to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address ecological and humanitarian problems and provide a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Everyone is welcome to join us at any time to hear the talks and join the discussions on a wide range of vital issues facing our planet.

The event will feature speed lectures or research showcases from DMU experts, with plenty of opportunities for Q&As and ideas workshops on how the university can promote the SDGs.

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018

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