Image courtesy of the UCD International Student Society

Do you ever just want to have a night of playing games, watching movies and pigging out? The International Student Society and Game Society did just that on Thursday night in the Astra Hall. The Pyjamarama event was a collaborative fundraiser for ‘Save the Children’, which was formed in aid of children in Syria,with members being charged €5 entry into the event. On entry, the first 100 people got goodie bags which contained cucumber-flavoured Sprite, Haribos, Cadet, a free donut voucher, Red Bull, and free entry & shot vouchers for the Academy, and more. This event already had everyone hyped up, with the promise of free goodies and buzz outside the event as  we all waited in line.

“This event already had everyone hyped up, with the promise of free goodies and buzz outside the event whilst we all waited in line.”

As the event commenced, we could see people in onesies and their favourite sweatpants, all chilling out engaging in different activities. There were students spread out across the room playing board games that ranged from Articulate to Ticket to Ride. There were also Xbox Consoles & Wii games to cater for different preferences, provided by the Games Society. The atmosphere helped people overcome any awkwardness, resulting in many laughing and making friends over the weirdest of things, like crashing into each other playing Mario Kart.

“The committee assured everyone that they have plans to hold the event again next semester, but hopefully overnight this time.”

The event featured a film marathon as the pinnacle of the night beginning with a childhood classic screening of the Lion King for anyone who wanted to relax. Everyone at the film was served popcorn and candy. Following the theme of childhood, members were asked to vote on the setlist composing of Tangle, Anastasia, Toy Story, and Brave. Ultimately, Tangled was selected as the follow up film of the evening.

After the movie screening, we came across an intense game of Werewolf, which is a character based game simulating a murder mystery. This was great fun and had everyone involved invested in the game. Everyone was sipping Red Bull and eating lots of bananas provided kindly by one of the sponsors of the night – Fyffes.

At 8:30pm, the second batch of pizzas arrived much to everyone’s delight. The evening concluded with a few competitive rounds of Jungle Speed. People were walking out slower than ever when the student centre closed its doors for the night. There were talks of going somewhere after, but sadly the event had to come to an end due to time restrictions. The committee assured everyone that they have plans to hold the event again next semester, but hopefully overnight this time.

The money raised was all donated to ‘Save the Children’. If you’re looking to support the cause, you can donate directly, or come to another one of the International Student Societies events.