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Smiles and fun at Cornwall College Newquay

Published: March 14, 2016

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The sun was out for a weekend of exciting family activities and science-related fun at Cornwall College Newquay’s Spring Charity Fair.

The College’s annual community event, held on Saturday, 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, rode the surf rodeo, had a go at slacklining, had their faces painted, took part in raffles and bought lots of cakes, all in aid of a range of different charities.

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. In total, the students raised over £1200 for a range of animal, environmental and zoological conservation causes including The Shark Trust, RSPCA, Friends of the Earth, Cool Earth and Screech Owl Sanctuary.

Programme Manager at Cornwall College Newquay, Brender Willmott, said: “Our 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. I feel really proud to be part of a team of such a caring group of people.”

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. For the second year in a row, the event was run over two days with around 30 dogs competing in a dog show taking place on Sunday.

19 year old student Andrew Chapman-New, who is studying the Animal Behaviour and Psychology FdSc at Cornwall College Newquay was one of the students involved. Andrew said: “I’ve really enjoyed it! It’s been interesting talking to a range of different people and age groups. We got the chance to teach them about things like evolution and adaptation but also to help raise awareness of conservation issues such as deforestation and climate change. These issues are so important for us so it was really inspiring to see the younger children so keen to learn about it.”

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