UWS business students raise over $22,000 for charity

Date: 08/06/2009

Enterprising business students from the University of Western Sydney recently put their knowledge to work to raise over $22,000 for six deserving charities such as the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Youth Off The Streets.

The fifty students, enrolled in the 'Convention and Special Event Management' subject, spent a good part of their semester working on their fundraising efforts as a way to put their event management skills into practice. They held events like barefoot bowls competitions, high teas, dances, and film, bingo and trivia nights.

Elise Crossman, whose group raised money for the Northcott Foundation, said the events took about 10 weeks to organise through consultations with the charity organisations and in-class work in lectures and group meetings.

Elise's group ran a trivia night to raise $4,497 for Northcott, which provides support and services to over 6,000 people living with disabilities, as well as their families and carers, in NSW and the ACT.

"We raised all the money with ticket sales, a lucky dip, bar sales, donation tins, cheque donations and double point rounds for trivia," Elise says.

"The lucky dip prizes were donated and included a signed and framed NRL Tigers jersey, Westfield gift cards and Greater Union movie passes.

"After the event we actually surveyed the guests that attended to see if they enjoyed the night and every respondent said it was amazing. I was so proud of myself and the group as we never thought we would raise that much money."

For many of the students, the best part of the experience was the knowledge that their hard work would go toward a good cause.

"We had a morning tea with Northcott after the trivia night to hand over the cheque and they were so grateful," says Elise.

"It was great to know that all the money would go to such a worthwhile cause and would be appreciated by those who need it.

"Our money went specifically to respite care as we had done some research and decided it required the most funds due to all the expenses."

Catherine Link, Lecturer in the School of Management and subject coordinator for 'Convention and Special Event Management', says she was proud of the students' work and pleased with their outstanding result.

"Not only have the students been able to gain practical experience, but they have made a real difference to peoples' lives, with all the funds going to charitable organisations such as the Northcott Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Breast Cancer Foundation," she says.

The six charities the students raised funds for were:

* Breast Cancer Foundation
* Make-A-Wish Foundation
* Northcott Foundation
* Wenty Wheelchair Kings
* Wheelchair Sports NSW
* Youth Off The Streets



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