We’d like to say a huge congratulations to the Long Road Volunteering Club who helped raise a massive £1225 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association last Saturday at their Christmas Charity Bazaar!
Students Oliwia Sutowska, Anna McPherson, Eddie Carrington, Zainab Stockton and Weronika Wedrychowwicz have each been giving up 2 hours of their time every week since May to help the Christmas Charity Bazaar organiser, Marion Mansfield, plan the event. Over the last few weeks these students have been busy selling raffle tickets at home and at college, baking cakes, making and designing candles and notepads, and collecting unwanted items from staff and students at college to sell on their stall.
Student Weronika told us “we were fundraising money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Fight Against Blindness to help individuals that struggle with daily life and activities due to blindness and other issues. The money raised will be used for training, activities and resources for new guide dogs that will eventually become qualified to aid blind people and improve their quality of life, general well-being and confidence. Also, some of the money will go into research for understanding the needs of users and care of dogs”. Student Oliwia encouraged other students to get involved with Volunteering Club because “not only can they be helping others, they can learn new things from people who are different from the. By learning more about different things in life, it makes us richer in knowledge”.
The group spent their Saturday at St John the Evangelist Church, where the event was held, helping Marion to set up the event and running their own stall where they raised £200 in just 2 hours! Weronika said she really enjoyed the event and that “the atmosphere was very cheerful and it was great to see so many new people smiling, laughing and contributing to the charity meanwhile enjoying their time are the fair.” Sam Plant, organiser of the Long Road Volunteering Club, also attended the event with the students and told us that “our students were a credit to themselves and this college.. they were exceptional!”.
Event organiser Marion got in touch with Sam and the students after the event to say…
“What a fantastic event and so many people supporting the event, I think events like this bring the local community together. It never ceases to amaze me how generous and kind people are and we raised a fantastic £1225. I anticipate the final figure will increase so will keep you posted.
As you have all experienced there is a huge amount of behind the scenes work to make these events successful. Planning, delegating and coordination plus communication skills are essential and I hope you have all learnt from the experience so in the future you will all have some understanding of how to run an event. You all did amazingly well with your stall on the day and selling tickets, cake baking, selling merchandise and clearing away.”