Friday 16 March 2012
Staff and learners from Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus put their best foot forward this week to raise money for Scottish Autism and also check out their new home.
A group of around 50 participated in a sponsored walk from the College’s current Kerse Road Campus to the new campus at East Kildean which is set to open in April.
Learners on the Moving Forward programme organised the walk as part of their Enterprise Activities Unit, working with Scottish Autism to make the arrangements and encourage other staff and learners to get involved.
The walk is expected to raise at least £300 for the charity and Sainsbury’s also supported the walk by providing bottled water and fruit for all the participants.
Marguerite McCreath said:
“Fundraising activity is really beneficial for learners as it provides them with citizenship and enterprise skills and gets them to work as a team. When considering the types of activity we could get involved in this session, the Moving Forward Group suggested a sponsored walk from our current campus to the new site – they could raise funds for charity and also get to see their new campus. It was also an excellent opportunity to let people in the local area know we were on the move.
“The learners choose Scottish Autism as their nominated charity as they felt it was a really great cause to get involved with. We’d also like to thank Sainsbury’s for their support in providing snacks for the learners to refuel!”
Alex Drinkell, Fundraiser for Scottish Autism said:
“This event was a huge success for all involved and Scottish Autism are so pleased to have been chosen as the nominated charity. The students really went the extra mile by undertaking such an event demonstrating that fundraising is not just fun but a great way to highlight your skills and develop new ones. To have over 50 students wearing our t-shirts, talking about our charity and raising funds helps us get closer to reaching the 50,000 people living with autism in Scotland. We would like to thank all the students and lecturers involved in the event for helping Scotland's Autism Charity make a difference."