College students help to flush away poverty with cultural fundraiser

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Travel and tourism students from Langley College celebrated world culture while helping to flush away poverty as part of a fundraising event recently. The event successfully raised over £380 in aid of Toilet Twinning, an initiative by the charity Tearfund, which supports water and sanitation work in some of the poorest countries.

Organised entirely by the students, the fundraiser featured international food, music, dance and fun competitions. Students entertained visitors by performing dances from around the world including Bhangra, which some brave members of the audience joined in with. There was also a DJ at the event where staff and students could donate money to hear a song of their choice.

An array of international food, handmade by students including samosas, cupcakes, polish dumplings and doughnuts were available to buy. Hospitality and catering students also cooked and served some delicious savoury dishes including Rogan Josh and Sweet and Sour Chicken.

The event culminated in a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and students. The first prize on offer was a Nintendo Wii and other prizes included cinema tickets, toiletry gifts, chocolates and vouchers for the College’s Hair & Beauty Salon.

Student Selina Kaur, who is studying a Travel & Tourism BTEC Level 3 course at Langley College, was one of the organisers of the fundraiser. “The event was an enjoyable way to raise money for the charity,” explains Selina. “Everyone has worked really well together and we have learnt a lot about each other’s cultures, from food and dancing to native costumes and traditions.”

Proceeds from the event will help to provide a school with a block of toilets in Mariani, in Kenya, and latrines in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students were involved in choosing which countries they wanted to support. The toilets were then chosen by Toilet Twinning based on where funds are currently most needed.

Toilet Twinning is an initiative from the international development charity Tearfund, which raises funds to support water and sanitation work in some of the poorest countries on earth. Toilet Twinning’s vital mission is to respond to and raise awareness of the fact that 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet.

The College’s Travel and Tourism Department offers a range of courses from level one right through to a Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Based at the Langley College, the courses are designed to prepare students for careers in the tourist industry, from airline cabin crew and tour operators to hotel management and tourist attractions.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its travel and tourism courses including the new Foundation Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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