Borders College

Business students pack fundraising punch

Business students from Borders College have held a wide range of fundraising events in recent months, supporting the British Heart Foundation, and local charities Borders Pet Rescue, and the Rowan Bowland Trust.

The HNC Administration and Information Technology group were tasked with organising a ticketed event to help them develop the skills required to demonstrate an understanding of events management, something that they cover as a mandatory unit on their course of study.  After coming up with a number of preferred options, they decided to hold three separate events – a Zumbathon and raffle (at Langlee Community Centre) in aid of the British Heart Foundation, a gin tasting evening and quiz (at Abbey Fine Wines in Melrose) in aid of the Rowan Bowland Trust, and a nearly new sale (at the College’s Scottish Borders Campus) in aid of Borders Pet Rescue.

Borders College students at the ZumbathonThe well attended Zumbathon, managed by students Ben Reid, Dylan Patterson, Barry Charters and Fiona McKenzie (pictured), was open to adults and children and raised an impressive total of £634.59 for the British Heart Foundation.

Lecturer Helen Huddleston said:

“The students recruited the fabulous Norrie Smith as the Zumba instructor for the morning to put as all through our paces and keep everyone motivated.  Dust in Time donated water and Tesco donated fresh fruit to keep everyone fuelled and hydrated.”

Abbey Fine WinesMeanwhile, students Fionna Scott, Kay Gilfillan, Sylvia Smith, Karmin McHutchison, Shannon Smith and Ashley Lyall sold tickets for an informative and fun evening of gin tasting, team quiz and a raffle.  Donations were received by local companies for the raffle and Abbey Fine Wines donated a bottle of gin for the quiz winners.  A wonderful evening was had by all with a total of £235.00 being raised for the Rowan Boland Trust

Students also invited College staff and students to donate nearly new items for a table-top sale, raising £81.79 for Borders Pet Rescue.

The HNC students’ combined efforts raised a grand total of £951.38 across the three events – well done to the students on their fantastic contribution to these worthy charities.

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Published: Wed 4th Jul, 2018