Travel students at Solihull College & University Centre organised their own charity event last week fundraising for two charities.
As part of the conference and events module of their course, travel students have to plan a charity event from the very beginning, including pitching to their peers to persuade them to fundraise for a particular charity. The charities were chosen as Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and Zoe’s Place which is based in Coventry. The students, with no budget, had to gather materials and promote their charity day.
The students organised the fundraising day to take place on Thursday 17th March which included a range of stalls from raffles, cake sales, chocolate and drinks stalls, face painting, nail painting as well as FIFA tournaments and competitions to take part in.
Student Dawn Nicholls contacted the Mayor of Solihull Glenis Slater to ask if she was able to attend the event, to which she kindly agreed. The Mayor took a walk round all of the stalls put on by the students, taking time to speak with them individually and also donated towards the two great causes. The Mayor gave the students feedback, commenting “Well organised. Lovely, friendly students.”
Students raised a grand total of £300.87 for Zoe’s Place Coventry. Zoe’s Place provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
The students also raised £212 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to enrich the lives of children fighting life-threatening conditions.
All of the students who took part showed great commitment to the event as well as passion for both causes. They raised a great amount of over £500 and the event will contribute as a valuable part of their course.