As part of their course, students were tasked to raise money for a charity of their choice. Working in two groups, the students went head to head to raise the most money through a variety of fundraisers and events, all co-ordinated by themselves.
Business student, Nick Conway explained,
“Our group raised £2,537 in total for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. Even though the other group raised more, we all still feel proud of ourselves as our target was £1,500 originally. As a group we did voluntary bag packing in local supermarkets, we organised a gig with a band we knew and took part in a Wolf Run, which was tough!”
The Wolf Run is a 10k off road run, which takes runners through lakes, obstacles, woods and fields. Clearly having a healthy competitive streak in both teams, the other team raised a huge £3,220 for their charity Cancer Research UK.
From hosting a charity meal at the on campus College restaurant ‘The Archers’ to organising an ‘It’s a Knockout’ inspired community fun filled day for the public, business student Hayley Claridge explained,
“I think we’ve all done so well! It was tough at times, but to think we’ve made over £3,000 for our chosen charity makes it all worth it. Especially as the course is only 1 day each week, we had to do a lot of the organising around our jobs and normal routines. This project has put our learning in the classroom into practice.”
As the course is part time, students usually have to juggle a full time job while completing the course. This also means they can use the skills they learn on the course within their work environment.
Business Management Course Leader at the College, Bridget Bennett, explains the advantages of this project for her students,
“This assignment has been designed so that the students experience and develop a variety of skills for them to use in real life and in the work place, such as; teamwork, communication skills, leadership qualities and also dealing with conflict. It gives them opportunities that they probably won’t have and it also gives something back to the community.”
One student in particular who has seen the benefits of the course is also one of the Colleges employees, Sal Friel who works in the Student Services Department commented on how the course has worked for her,
“For me I enrolled on this course for my own personal development within the College, which they’ve really supported. This course has been really relevant to our jobs and offers transferable skills, as we’re able to put the theory into practice. This project was something you could really sink your teeth into and have fun with. From choosing our charity, Cancer Research to actually planning each event and coming up with ideas as a group was a good challenge. When we reached £2,000 that’s when our competitive sides really kicked in and we really pushed for the extra £1,220!”
Both groups from the Business course started fundraising in April and finished in August, all donations will be made to their chosen charities; Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK.
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