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Selby College fundraising mission to Ecuador

Tuesday 9th December 2014
From Enterprise to Ecuador! Students launch charity mission

A group of students at Selby College have launched an exciting fundraising mission which may see them travel nearly 6,000 miles for a journey of a lifetime to the Amazon.

The 33 students, who are studying on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business, are working hard to plan a number of events as ways to make money to be able to send them to Ecuador, in South America, through literacy charity ‘The Book Bus’. This is all part of Enterprise which is delivered alongside the qualification.

Founded in 2008 by publisher Tom Maschler, the charity began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. Now, The Book Bus has reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, India and Ecuador, where the students are hoping to go volunteer. 

A spokesperson for the charity said, “The Book Bus brings the joy of reading to children.

“School populations in these regions are growing steadily but often the supply of teachers and facilities cannot keep up with the demand for education. This means that child literacy rates are actually falling in many countries.”

Despite being desperate to help, the students must first raise a minimum of £2,000 per student to be able to go on the trip. They have already put their business skills into action by holding a Halloween themed cake sale, a non-uniform day at Howden School, a Parent’s Evening bake sale, a Bucket-ola and Xmas bake sale and a drawing competition for local primary school children (with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Longman’s Hill Primary School). So far, the students have raised over £500.

Rehanah Hussain, Lecturer in Business at the award-winning college said, “This is a fantastic cause and after hearing about the work the charity do, the students have rallied together to brainstorm a number of fundraising activities that they can organise to enable them to go to Ecuador.

“Not only is it great to help the charity, but it gives the Enterprise students the opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice, to help market a specific cause and put their selling skills to the test.

“We have a number of other activities planned, such as a Charity Marathon Challenge, a coffee morning in Cawood, Battle of the Bands in Selby and a Mystery Raffle. 

“We’re hoping that the Selby and Goole community gets behind us in our quest, and help us pave the way to Ecuador.”

If you can help the students, either through a donation or a fundraising idea, contact Rehanah on Follow the students’ progress on Twitter @SelbyEnterprise. 



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