Earlier in the year we introduced you all to our budding fundraising team at Sussex University. They will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime as they prepare to cycle across Kerala, India before heading to the home of our partner, The DREAM Trust. We caught up with a few of them to give an update of how their fundraising is going, and feature a couple of the events that they have put on at the univsersity!
On March the 23rd Paige Smith and Ellie Harrigan two students from Sussex University put on a Hawaiian themed band night to help raise money for their Kerala cycle challenge. The night called, ‘Welcome to Hawaii’ saw 88 people through the doors at the student union campus bar, Room 76 . Everyone was dressed in Hawaiian attire and Hawaiian Lei’s were supplied to people on the night. Paige and Ellie came up with the idea with help from Paige’s friends at URF (university radio falmer) who helped put together a fun line up of different campus bands. They put a theme on the night to entice people to come along and dress up to help support the charity. Hawaiian props were brought from the internet to go along with the theme. The night wasn’t just for music though, as different unique stands such as ‘Pin the Palm Tree on Hawaii’ in which people who got close to Hawaii won sweets. There was also a photo corner called ‘Treat yo’selfie’ which offered inflatable Hawaiian instruments and beach backdrops, after all who doesn’t like a selfie? Using social media as a main source of advertising and flying around campus, the night was a huge success and the bar was packed full of students.
Overall the girls raised £267.06 for The Pendsey Trust and everyone had a fun night! Both third years are currently planning another campus event to say goodbye to an amazing three years at Sussex University.
Comedy Night a Huge Success!
A charity comedy night featuring two class acts was a great success raising £1385 for The Pendsey Trust. Hosted by Sussex University Kerala Cycle Challenge students, the night saw Dr Phil Hammond and student act Kids with Beards entertain a crowd just short of 100 people.
Dr Phil had everybody laughing away sharing a lighter side of medicine with his new show Games to Play with your Doctor, whilst the originality and creativity of Kids With Beards was equally impressive. Overall it was a fantastic evening ad most importantly greatly rewarding for the charity.