First of all, we did it! We reached the end of the semester, and I’m very proud of everyone. I cannot believe that second year has gone just like that. Once the summer has ended, I’ll be in my final year…(slow down time please, I’m not ready to leave just yet).
Throughout the year, you might have seen posters for charity events or students themselves fundraising throughout the campus. The majority of these are Events Management students, who put on events to raise money for these charities. Over the last few weeks I attended a couple of these. I wanted to share my experience of them with you and to show you how amazing the teams are for raising money and awareness of different charities.
Last Monday I went along to Revolution Bar on Broad Street for a Pampered for Pooches ladies night, to raise money for the Birmingham Dogs Home. The group who put together this wonderful event are Marketing and Events Management students; Laura, Josh, Emily, Ryan and Monique. I would have already wanted to attend this event purely because I’m a sucker for animals, and it breaks my heart to see abandoned doggies who just need loving homes. Laura the manager for the group sent me a lovely email asking if I’d like to attend, and of course I said yes.
From walking up the stairs you could instantly see how much work and thought had gone into the evening. Pretty pink balloons, a DJ playing girlie hits, and lots of pamper areas. Flyers and booklets had been placed on the tables with information about the pooches, and the new dog rescue and welfare centre in Solihull.
The runner-up of Miss Birmingham opened the evening and encouraged everyone to ask for beauty tips throughout the evening. As it was a ladies night the events team had organised girlie treatments for everyone to enjoy including a cute nail salon, cocktail making taster, and free facials and make-up treatments (the make-up was done by a Specialist Hair and Media Make-up student). I decided to have my nails painted in shellac, and enjoyed a few cheeky mocktails (it was a ‘school night’ after all)…
Of course no ladies night would be complete without a bit of ‘eye candy’ entertainment for the ladies. This came in the form of a Michael Buble tribute act.
The event was a huge success and lots of pretty ladies who came to enjoy the evening contributed to raising money for this amazing cause. Rachel who works at Birmingham Dogs’ Home spoke to everyone about the new dog rescue centre, and one of the fundraising days the charity has coming up.
On June 5 the Dogs’ Home is having a sponsored Walk In The Park. Entry costs £5 per dog, there will even be a BBQ, bouncy castle and micro-chipping for these little beauties! It’s heartbreaking to think more than 3,000 dogs went to the Dogs’ Home in 2015 alone.
Many that come through the doors are ill, neglected or even abused. But events like these are helping to raise the awareness of the lifesaving work Birmingham Dogs’ Home does for these beautiful animals. It’s frightening to consider how many dogs in Birmingham would be neglected, lost or worse if the Dogs’ Home wasn’t there to support them.
Pampered for pooches was amazing and a huge £492 was raised for the Birmingham Dogs Home! That is incredible and the whole group should be really proud! I came away with an inspiring insight into what the events students do, and how hard they work to put together these functions.