East Ren students help raise charity cash

Some of the pupils who raised charity cash from running a 1950s themed cafe.
Some of the pupils who raised charity cash from running a 1950s themed cafe.

Secondary school pupils from East Renfrewshire enrolled on an Events Management course at Glasgow Clyde College have conjured the spirit of a 1950s café to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Eleven students in fifth and sixth year from schools throughout East Ren – including Mearns Castle, Barrhead High, Woodfarm, Williamwood, Eastwood, and St Ninian’s – set up a 1950s-themed café.

The fundraiser at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald Campus generated £317 for Macmillan Cancer Support. They served free cakes and hot drinks to college students and members of the public to a backdrop of images of jukeboxes and vintage cars, with guests invited to make a donation to the charity.

The project formed part of an Event Management course run by Glasgow Clyde College for fifth and sixth-year pupils of secondary schools in East Renfrewshire. Eleven pupils signed up for the course and were praised for their efforts by their lecturer.

Tracey Alexander saidsaid: “It was really impressive that they organised this whole event as they only started at college in August and aren’t used to the college environment. They had the opportunity to stage any type of event but chose to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support and decided to go for a 1950’s themed café. A lot of thought went into it and it was very rewarding to see them hold such a successful event.

“As their lecturer, I was so pleased to see them do so well.The thing that really stuck out to me was how good this was for their confidence they did so well interacting with people and took a great deal of pride in making the event a success.

“Now that they’ve held this fundraiser, they will have a better understanding of the course and what it takes to be an event manager. They will will be able to refer back their own experiences.”