Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work.
Sometimes it's the traditional things that win friends on campus, like a bake sale! Nothing more innocent than a bakesale, right? Well, in the case of the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you'd be wrong. AHA held a "Blasphemy Bake Sale" where they baked and decorated cupcakes and brownies, and made little flags with swear words or sexual slang terms and sold them for $1 each. The proceeds then went to the Women's Medical Fund!
Officers bought ingredients ahead of time and set a time for baking and then advertised it to members. At their baking nights, they made the flags out of toothpicks and paper and went through all the swear words they could think of, then sexual terms, and then sex acts - AHA at UW-Madison ended up with quite a variety of flags. They planned to meet up at a location to sell on a Friday/Saturday night when lots of people are out and advertised that they were raising money for the Women's Medical Fund.
"We learned that being really enthusiastic and full of energy is easy for a few hours, but by the end of the night the officers who had been there the whole time were tired and not as enthusiastic. Officers need to be in shifts to keep sales up throughout the night," said Cassidy Slinger, Volunteering Chair of AHA at UW-Madison.
Regardless of how tired some of their officers may have been by the end of the night, AHA at UW-Madison still raised $120 for the Women's Medical Fund - that's 120 different cupcakes (and swear words)! AHA at UW-Madison says this is the most they have ever raised at one time.