UCOL Whanganui students enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 programme have joined forces to give a hand to those students who might be finding things a bit tough as the colder weather approaches and power bills increase.
Using the practical skills that they are learning as part of their programme, they have been brainstorming and looking for a solution that some students face during their study, and how the winter season is especially a strain on students with additional heating costs and power bills.
After looking at different opportunities they decided concentrating on supporting the existing student food bank would help make a difference in the lives of fellow students. They set to creating drop boxes, flyers, getting AS@U on board and worked with the library to align their bi-annual ‘Can that Fine’ promotion to coincide.
“The reaction from students and staff has been massive, with donations streaming in daily, and drop boxes having to be emptied regularly into our Foodbank” said Ty Weeks, Lecturer Foundation Education. “The class have also appreciated the positive feedback from staff and students, and have enjoyed the effort they have put in to help others. The project has been such a major success and has not only given them an opportunity to contribute to the student community, but also to use the skills they are learning to solve real problems.
The New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) students would like to say “Thanks to everyone who has donated to date. Hundreds of non-perishable items have been donated so far, ensuring students in need have an opportunity to sustain themselves during hard times. It’s never too late to drop off non-perishable goods, you can do so by leaving them at the whanau room - Te Whare Huihuinga”