Recently I worked with the Institute of Directors to raise money for Centrepoint, a charity focusing on reducing homelessness in the UK. Overall we raised over £1700 in just under two weeks, by challenging four groups of students to raise as much money as they could with £10.

The purpose of this challenge was to inspire our students to come up with creative and low-cost ways to raise money over a short period of time. It developed team-working, problem-solving, organisation, and creativity skills. Students received mentoring and support from the Institute of Directors or our very own enterprise tenants as part of the Clarence Centre of Innovation and Enterprise.

Not surprisingly though, mentors highlighted how independent, strong-willed and confident all of the students were when it came to leading on fundraising activities. Very little support was needed and only guidance on some of the operations was needed.

Fundraising activities ranged from a whole host of interactive events from cake sales, Xbox tournaments to a drag show.

The IoD and its consequent membership is an extracurricular activity which students volunteer to take part in and demonstrate their enthusiasm to learning and self-development. This strategical initiative forms part of the Schools efforts for lifelong learning with a focus on soft skills such as team-working, problem-solving, and things that are highly valued by employers.

Bianca Goloiu, a second-year Accounting and Finance student, who took part in the competition, comments on the overall experience:

“We organised a Cake and Coffee sale and a Chess Board Competition and managed to raise over £200. We are happy with the amount we raised. The challenge taught us how to work as a team, be organised, work in an environment which is continuously changing, and the most important thing, it helped us develop entrepreneurial skills. I’m happy that I took part in this event, it was a great experience, and it gave me one more thing to include in my CV.”

I managed to catch-up with Joe Fitzsimons, the Head of Student Membership at the IoD, and gave me his thoughts on this competition and the strong relationship with LSBU:

“The IoD is very proud of the fantastic work that these students have done to fundraise for a great cause while further developing a range of very important soft skills along the way.“

A huge congratulations to the winning team, Daniele Nebiolo, Alina Garina and Rishab Bamb, who organised a Lip Sync Extravaganza and Drag Show. Daniele comments on the team’s success:

“By midnight, between tickets and simple donations, we raised over £1,000! The night was a big success not only from a money prospective, but also, with an audience of around 100 people at any time during the evening, we raised awareness about the charity too.