Leiria Polytechnic Student Project buys colleagues in isolation – Leiria region


A group of nine students from Leiria Polytechnic have launched the Pede & Recee volunteer project, which aims to distribute essential goods to colleagues forced into isolation due to the novel coronavirus.

The project’s mentor, Matilde Tavares, explained to the Lusa agency that the idea came from an identical initiative that she had developed in Torres Novas, where it is natural, at the start of the pandemic.

“There are colleagues who need to be isolated and since they are alone here they may not have anyone to buy them. Our goal is to go to the supermarket or the pharmacy for them, ”said the final year occupational therapy student at Escola Superior de Saúde de Leiria.

The group benefits from the support of the Polytechnic of Leiria, which has set a ceiling so that young people can pay for their purchases immediately.

However, before receiving the goods, the person who requested the service will have to “make a transfer by MBWay, for example, or pay cash on delivery”, specifies Matilde Tavares.

Students wishing to place an order must complete a short form. Then, a team volunteer gets in touch, requesting the shopping list, which when made will be delivered to the home of the person who requested the support.

Matilde Tavares also revealed that the young people will however meet the U-bike manager, so that they can use the bikes of the Polytechnic of Leiria to make the deliveries.

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Although they were born a little over two weeks ago, the students want to put the project at the service of the community.

“We realized that a lot of students who have to be confined end up going home. We believe that this voluntary service would be an asset for the community and the Polytechnic of Leiria has also shown its support here, ”said the student.

The group of students is organized into small teams: communication, contact person and deliveries.

According to Matilde Tavares, the volunteers met through the Pastoral Care of Higher Education and were preparing to move forward with a voluntary project, which ended up not being carried out due to the pandemic.

“We took advantage of the fact that we are already together to carry out this project.”

Besides Matilde Tavares, Bernardo Pereira (biomechanical engineering), Diogo Farto (mechanical engineering), Duarte Joaquim, (automotive engineering), João Adão and Manuela Oliveira (computer engineering), Joana Alves and Susana Santa Rita (nursing) are part of the project and Sara Chaves (occupational therapy).

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