It's the season for giving

How is the University helping build a school in the developing world? What’s that big yellow teddy bear you see everywhere? Find out about GlamBiz Gift 2011, Children in Need and other charitable activities on campus!

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Children in Need

In 1927, a BBC Radio station decided to see if it could raise money for children with one of its programmes. A full five minutes on Christmas Day were dedicated to the idea – and £1,143 pounds, 18 Shillings and Threepence were raised. Ever since then, the BBC have dedicated airtime to raising money for charitable causes that benefit children. Children in Need is the banner that these efforts have adopted in recent times.

Children in Need is many things. For one, it is an official, registered charity, giving money to projects that benefit disadvantaged children in the UK. For another, it is a TV “telethon” – a programme taking up several prime time hours on BBC 1, taking place on 19th November. But more importantly, many people all over the UK (including staff and students at the University of Glamorgan) are raising money for Children in Need throughout the month of November – and some, all year round. Children in Need is a highly regional effort – there is a dedicated website for Children in Need in Wales and high profile events are going to be taking place in Cardiff.

Where the money goes

The money that Children in Need collects is distributed, as grants, to not-for-profit organisations and charities. These, in turn, must be UK-based, and use the money for projects that benefit disadvantaged under-18s.

You can have a look at the projects Children in Need funded over the past few years online – you’ll find several in Cardiff, Pontypridd, and the local area.

Children in Need on campus

Pudsey Bear

If you visit the Children in Need website, you’ll notice a big yellow teddy bear with a spotted bandage over one eye. He’s everywhere, and his name is Pudsey (after the home town of Joanna Ball, who created him). This year, Pudsey will be 25 years old.

Here’s how you can contribute at the University of Glamorgan:

  • The University of Glamorgan Commercial Services team are dressing up in a Wild West theme and selling tickets on the Treforest campus for a raffle. The prize is a Chocoholic Hamper. If students or staff in Glyntaff or CCI want to participate, they could let Joanne Hill, the Marketing Manager of UGCS, know and she will arrange a time on 17th or the 18th November to sell tickets there.
  • The play centre is celebrating Children in Need by asking the children to “Show Your Spots, Let’s Raise Lots!” The children, parents and staff have been asked to use their imagination and dress in spots for the Spotty day to celebrate children in need on Thursday 18th November 2010. They will also have a spotty party during the afternoon to raise money for Children in Need!
  • Staff in LCSS will dress in spots-themed fancy dress outfits. On 19th November, there will be a lunch in the LCSS staff room, a fun quiz, a raffle and a prize for the best dressed person. They’re currently organising prizes for the raffle and volunteers to collect donations.

GlamBiz Gift 2011

The Business School have decided to make a big, coordinated effort in aid of Oxfam. The fundraising target is £1700 – enough to build, equip and furnish a classroom. This project will help make a big difference in an impoverished community in the developing world.

To motivate students and staff to embrace the generous spirit of the season, and help out with the fundraising, a variety of awards will be earned by the most successful and most creative fundraising efforts… Have a look at the GlamBiz Gift web page for more info – speak with your Award Tutor or Scheme leader if you want to get involved. You can also contact Henry Enos for further information.

Here are GlamBiz Gift events and fundraisers announced so far:

  • Cake Sale Fundraiser: Accounting and Finance students will raise money for GlamBiz Gift with a cake sale on Monday 15th November in the Business School Foyer. They’ll be there all day.
  • Fantasy FTSE 100: In return for £1 per guess, participants will predict the value of the FTSE 100 index at close of business on Thursday, 2nd December, 2010. A prize will be available for the most accurate prediction. Contact Nigel Brown if you want to take part!
  • Spot the best company in the FTSE 350: 350 participants will purchase raffle tickets at the cost of £1. Each ticket gives the holder the name of one of the FTSE350 companies, the 350 most valuable companies on the London Stock Exchange. The holder of the company that has the greatest percentage increase in price over the competition period will win a cash prize. Contact Nigel Brown if you want to take part!
  • Coach Trip to Bath and the Christmas Market: Each year, the beautiful area between the stunning Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths is transformed into a Christmas shopper’s heaven – the Bath Christmas Market. To buy your ticket for a coach trip on 3rd December, contact Simon Thomas
  • Silent Auction: On 8th December, in the Business School Lounge, there will be a silent auction. Contact Mia Koulouri or Matt Boldys for more information.
  • Christmas party – winter ball: Staff and Student Christmas party on 7th December, with a Dj, live music and buffet, organised by the Leisure and events planning students. Contact Henry Enos for more information.
  • GlamBiz Gift – Celebration of Christmas: Staff and student get together on 8th December, celebrating Christmas. There will be carol singing, mince pies, live music, prize giving and announcement of total raised for OXFAM. Contact Henry Enos for more information.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the #GlamBizGift hashtag to get the latest, most up-to-date info.

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