Business students at Nescot are this year organising the whole college for what is hoped to be its best ever Red Nose Day, on 13th March 2009. As part of a coursework project on running large events, they will preside over a programme of funny, innovative and quite frankly disgusting fundraising activities.
From funny caption competitions to professional beauty treatments and photographic studio sessions, students across departments will be using their wit and their skills to raise money for Comic Relief.
Tutors and staff meanwhile have gamely proffered their persons for what can only be described as humiliation at the hands of anyone willing to pay!
From the ever-popular Staff in the Stocks (sponges and buckets kindly donated by Homebase) to full body immersion in baths of beans or custard (gooey foodstuffs provided by Sainsbury’s), no indignity is too great when it comes to raising funds for such a good cause.
The college is also running football (including Human Table Footie) and pool competitions for the more sporting, in an all out effort to boost this year’s take, while legendary Band Night, NescotLive, is hosting the region’s most exciting musical talent and donating profits to the cause.
With the 2008 total standing at £1,200 this year’s aim is to shatter the £1,500 barrier. The tally is counted by department as well as an overall total, leading to much friendly rivalry and galvanising individual fundraising efforts. With construction claiming last year’s top take, the rest of the college is now eyeing that crown.
Epsom Downs Business Centre, the business training arm of the college, have traditionally spearheaded Nescot’s Red Nose activities and have this year invited local businesses to sponsor the event. Companies like Homebase, The Toby Carvery, Ewell Motorcycles, Etwelle Garage, The Head Shop, Aroma, Capricco, Smith & Byford, Halfords, Belly Busters and Pizza Go Go have all donated generous prizes to the raffle while Asda, Morrisons and Lidl jumped at the chance to fill baths with beans and custard.
Business lecturer Denise Portman, whose students are running the event, is determined to see the college reach this year’s target, ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience the challenge of running such a complicated, interdepartmental activity. Organising the timetabling, equipment, supervision, and dealing with the money will be invaluable. It’s also great to see the whole college unite like this and, of course, the money raised goes to such a good cause,’ she said.
Nescot holds regular fundraising events for both national and local charities. In addition to the annual BBC Children in Need week, in which the college is heavily involved, all profits from the Summer Fair and Open day, held in June, are donated to a nominated local charity, with £544 going to the Tadworth Childrens’ Trust last year.
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