JCC STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR NEW CANCER CENTRE!
A group of second year Vocational Business Studies students at Joseph Chamberlain College took to fundraising in order to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal set up by Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The students raised an astounding £810.22 for the charity.
The fundraising, which took two months to plan, took place during Monday the 5th to Friday the 9th of November. Fundraising included a staff car wash and a charity disco; the disco itself brought the most success to the funds by raking in over £320. Other activities included selling homemade food to the college community and a FIFA 2013 video game tournament.
The original purpose of the entire project was purely for the students Edexcel Coursework; however, as time went on, it became more about raising money for those in need rather than producing a good grade. So it was no wonder why both the students and their tutor were impressed at the end result of their efforts.
As part of their event planning, the young entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to visit the Birmingham Children’s Hospital where they were able to meet the people who they would be helping. The trip was organised by the head of educational fundraising, Justine Cleary. Ms Cleary was very impressed with the group’s work saying, “They’ve worked tremendously hard and it’s good to see how inspired they were, they were amazing especially after having a tour of the hospital as they understood the hospitals vision and saw value in their work.”
The students thought the task was enjoyable after it was fulfilled and were glad with the win-win situation. One student, Mohammad Dana Miah, felt inspired by the whole task: “I learnt a lot of life skills and I am glad I was given the opportunity to help make a difference.”
Another student, Mohammad Helal Miah, was impressed with the entire teams’ efforts, he also mentioned that the money that was raised “Cannot compare with what we’ve learnt, I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
The tutors involved; Wassim Arif, Gill Slater and Danny Pardoe, are proud of their students’ achievements and have been quoted as saying: “The task started out as coursework but morphed into something more than getting good grades, rather it became more about making a difference.”
The £810.22 raised by the college would go towards helping the Birmingham Children’s Hospital fulfil their aims of providing new beds, adding ensuite bathrooms, creating more spacious bed areas for extra comfort and privacy, thus ensuring all cancer patients are treated in one area of the hospital. The hospital also aims to make a ‘home from home’ where children can play, learn and enjoy family visits. By building a welcome parents’ room, the hospital aims to provide a cosy retreat for all the family, all of which will be part of the world class Cancer Centre.
Written by Ayesha Laylah Williams-Bhatti
Photo Credit: Danny Pardoe
Left to Right: Suliman Khan, Muna Said, Justine Cleary, Omar Safi, Helal Miah, Dana Miah