It was a weekend of exciting family activities and science-related fun at Cornwall College Newquay’s Spring Charity Fair.
The College’s annual community event saw hundreds of people flocking to the campus behind Newquay Zoo, for a wide range of fun activities aimed at the whole family. Throughout the day, visitors got up close to animals, had a go on an indo board, had their faces painted, took part in raffles and bought lots of cakes, all in aid of a range of different environmental and conservation charities.
Programme Manager at Cornwall College Newquay, Brender Willmott, said the students “never cease to amaze me with their creativity and the amount of effort they invest in the awareness raising event that they organise for their chosen charities”.
“This event offers them a fantastic opportunity to engage with potential future employers and also to bring to the forefront of people’s minds some of the extremely important and difficult issues facing us in terms of conservation, safety, ethical trading and the environment,” she continued.
“I feel really proud to be part of a team of such a caring group of people.”
The event was organised and delivered by higher education students from Cornwall College Newquay as part of their Personal and Employability Skills Development (PESD) module and was designed to either raise funds for, or awareness of a chosen charity.
The students raised just over £1,019 for a range of animal, environmental and zoological conservation causes including Surfers Against Sewage, The Wave Project, Prickles and Paws, Newquay Marine Group, The Shark Trust, Plastic Free Newquay, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, One Wave, St Francis Home for Animals and others.
In addition to fundraising, the aim of the day was to get the students working together as teams and to put on an event that would make a real difference to the charities they were supporting. As well as event management skills, the students also learnt more about leadership, organisation, marketing and general business.
Student Abigail Farrant, who is studying a foundation degree in Wildlife Education & Media, was one of a group of students performing an educational play during the event, about the lives of celebrated naturalists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.
Abigail said: “We all felt the day went really well as we put so much love and time into it. It became our baby and it was amazing to see it come together. We really hope that those who came along left impacted after a day that was fun and full of energy and maybe even learnt a few cool new bits of information that could change the way they think!”
For more information on the range of Zoology, Surf and Marine courses available at Cornwall College Newquay visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.