Date: 21 May 2009
This academic year, full time students on the MBS in Project Management programme were set a novel and challenging assignment by the Acting Director of the Project Management programme, Joe Houghton, as an experiment in action based learning. Their brief was to engage with a charity of their choice, run a fundraising project, and document the process for one of their academic assignments.
On May 14th this year all the student groups in the class took part in an afternoon of presentations where they each took 30 minutes to go through their experiences, trials and learnings, and then presented their charities with the cheques raised. This event was attended by the students, charity representatives, as well as a number of UCD staff . The financial total raised by the eight groups came to an impressive €61,000. The students were given a zero budget for this assignment, so this outcome is a testament to their ingenuity, commitment and enthusiasm, as well as their abilities to turn classroom theory into real achievement.
The following fundraising events were held:
|Wine and Cheese Evening in The Morris - MacKenzie Gallery||Central Remedial Clinic|
|A Night of Inspiration – Stillorgan Park Hotel||Barretstown|
|Wristbands sale||The Friends of St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar|
|Mountain climb up Lugnaquilla||Kids Club House|
|Easter Soccer Camp||Bothar|
|Phoenix Park 5K Charity Run||Special Olympics Ireland|
|Golf classic & charity dinner||Suicide or Survive|
|Laughter Lounge Comedy Night||Make-A-Wish Ireland|
Just some of the associated tangible benefits reported include :
• 10 children with life-threatening illnesses funded for a summer’s programme at Barretstown
• 130 children participated in a Soccer Camp for Bóthar, which was so successful that a further one is already in plan for the summer
• Over 30 children funded for a summer programme with the Kids Clubhouse – giving under-privileged children access to IT and technology tools and mentoring
• Ongoing sales of unsold stocks of wristbands will raise further funds for the Friends of St Luke’s Hospital and aid cancer patients from around Ireland
View the slideshow of images from the group presentations event.
Congratulations to everybody involved.