Notre Dame Health Science Students Raise Money for Charity and Get First-Hand Experience in Events Management

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 7-6-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

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Health Science students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Fremantle Campus, were challenged recently to raise awareness, and funds, for their chosen not-for-profit health organisation by successfully managing a series of ‘fun’ fund-raising events.

Through the ‘Population Approaches to Health Promotion’ assignment, students not only learnt about working in the health promotion industry, but also gained an understanding of the important role of fundraising for not-for profit-organisations.

Eleven groups of students staged a variety of displays and events throughout the University’s first semester and together raised in excess of $4,500 for their respective organisations. Some of the events promoted were; World’s Greatest Shave (Leukaemia Foundation), Jump Rope for Heart (Heart Foundation), World’s Biggest Morning Tea (Cancer Council) and Buy a Bear Day (Princess Margaret Hospital).

The funds raised were presented to each organisation at a poster presentation hosted by the School of Health Sciences. Representatives from the organisations said they were very impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and commitment to their work and felt the assignment was an innovative and financially successful approach.

Dean Starbuck from the Leukaemia Foundation said it was fantastic students were getting involved in a fun and uplifting way in these events whilst raising money for people who are having a tough time.

Unit Coordinator, Fiona Farringdon said the students got a great sense of personal satisfaction that they had contributed to the community. It gave them the opportunity to experience how their degrees could assist them in the area of health promotion.

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