Event Management students Make-A-Wish come true

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[Laura Slingo | News Editor]

Second-year Event Management students are to hold an entertainment evening in the bid to raise money for Make-A-Wish charity. On Friday 15th, April in the Comet Room, Club de Havilland, a variety of societies and students will be volunteering to put on an evening’s worth of entertainment for both the University of Hertfordshire and local community.

Event Management students Amy Pettitt, Angela DiCarlo, Charlotte Thomas, Chloe Rees, Lizzie Meeke and Syd Atifeh, are working under the name ACE Events Herts as part of their module “Event Planning, Design and Community Engagement” to plan a successful event for the first time in their degree. Their brief is to organise an event for charity, in this case, Make-A-Wish, with the aim of raising awareness of the cause and to fundraise £1,000.

Team member Charlotte Thomas revealed the motivations for choosing Make-A-Wish: “We wanted to work with a charity that can change people’s lives and we have always been interested and amazed by the charity’s work. How they improve children’s lives is incredible and we want to help by raising money for them.”

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The fundraising evening will have a variety of entertainment features including live music from the DJ Society, student Daniel Sutton and DJ group What the Funk. The Dance Society will also be putting on performance. Other elements of the evening include cupcakes from the Baking Society and student-price drinks provided by Club de Hav all evening.

With the aim of raising money for charity, members of the UH Rugby Team have volunteered to get their legs waxed in a bid for donations. A raffle will also take place with some outstanding prizes such as four Wicked tickets with a backstage tour and signed poster, London Comedy Club Tickets, £50 gift voucher for IceBar London and many more.

As the event is in aid of Make-A-Wish, the event planners invite attendees to come dressed as “what you wish”, meaning, what you wished to be when you were younger. Thomas offered advice on what people may consider wearing on the evening: “We have been informed by others what they would wear which include dolphin trainers, astronauts, footballers, pilots and a member of the spice girls. Our advice would be to think of a profession or even a person that they would love to be and go from there. The best dressed person and sports team will win prizes so that’s an incentive for people to go for it!”

Make-A-Wish work in “granting magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions”. In order to remind attendees of the fantastic work Make-A-Wish do, Ace Events Herts will be providing a Wish Board for guests to write their wishes on with the aim of making them consider how important the charity is.

Thomas also revealed her feelings regarding the approaching event: “We are extremely excited about the event as we feel we have created something students will love and we are putting our skills to the test. However as this the first event we have organised within our degree so we are also very anxious as to whether we will meet the charity’s objectives.”

If you would like to attend the event, you can purchase tickets by calling 07535275879 or 07739421020 or email aceeventsherts@gmail.com. Tickets cost £5 for students and £8 for general admission.

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