As part of their Event Management unit, Worcester Sixth Form College BTEC Business students organised a number of events in College to raise money for charity. Students had to come up with their own theme and decide on which charity they wanted to support. They worked together in groups and produced promotional material, a budget and a risk assessment. They set up their own displays and persuaded their fellow students to donate money.
The students decided on various fundraising activities such as a chocolate fountain, cupcakes and milkshakes stall, a raffle and cake sale for Acorns Childrens’ Hospice, two Cake Sales in aid of St Richard’s Hospice, a Pick “n” Mix stall for the Make A Wish Foundation, a Sponsored Mile event for Sport Relief, “Jumpin” Jukeboxes’ DJ requests in aid of Maggs Day Centre and a Strawberries and Cake Sale.
The events were a great success, raising a total of £307.38 for the students’ chosen charities. A contribution was also made by the College, making a total donation of £519.04 to the various charities!
Eleanor, one of the event organisers, said: “We decided to organise a cake sale for our business event. We organised a stall in the foyer, selling cakes, drinks and also including a competition. St Richard’s Hospice was our chosen charity, and any money raised would be donated to them. In total, we raised £51.50, which was then match funded by College, which made a total donation of £103! We all found the event itself really useful as it gave us a taste of what it’s like to run an event of our own. I realised it was could be quite difficult at times to organise things such as the set up and finance within a set time, but by appointing job roles to specific people, everyone knows their own responsibilities to ensure that everything is achieved. It was also so important that we worked together as a team to be a success. We all found the event very enjoyable, from start to finish, and the feedback we received from our customers was very encouraging!”
Kerry Morris, subject leader for vocational Business courses, said: “This always proves to be a very popular unit as it is very hands on and helps the students to develop really useful transferable skills for the future such as team working and time management. The students did so well to raise so much money for their chosen charities – well done to them all!”