There weren’t many reasons to shout “Get me out of here” at Halloween lunchtime, when Travel and Tourism students sold an array of spooky treats, raising over £110 for the ‘Smile for Joel’ foundation.
Staff and students from Travel and Tourism organised the ‘I’m a Student Get Me out of Here’ charity event, to raise funds for families who are victims of bereavement through homicide.
The Level 1 students invited staff and peers across the college to ‘trick or treat themselves’ to a wide range of cakes and candy on sale.
Prepared by the students themselves, the cupcakes were decorated with green and purple buttercream, marshmallows and skulls. There was also a chocolate spider cake, which was given away to the lucky raffle winner!
Travel and Tourism students were given some ‘boo-tiful’ make-overs from their peers on the Hair and Media Make-up course, who painted bruises, slashes and glittery eye make-up on their faces.
Stalls were decorated with Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, witch’s hats and wool that made the table look like it was covered in spider webs! A giant photo-frame, also made by the students, was on display for visitors to take festive selfies for their social media accounts.
Representatives from ‘Smile for Joel’ had their own stall, selling branded mugs, tote bags, shirts and Joeley bears. ‘Smile for Joel’ charity was set up in memory of 19-year-old Joel Richards from Wednesbury. Joel was killed alongside his uncle Adrian Evans, from Bilston, grandfather Patrick Evans, also from Wednesbury, and several others in the 2015 Tunisia attack.
David Higgins, Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism, said: “I’m a Student Get Me Out of Here was a huge success, with both staff and students across the college getting involved. Travel and Tourism students organised the event to not only do something special for Halloween, but to also raise money for a worthy cause.
Our students are eager to support charity events, using their passions and interests to raise much needed funds. Travel, Make-up and Hospitality students worked together as a team to organise this event and we’re very proud of what they have achieved.
The event was well organised and there were some beautifully-made cakes and make-up skills at the event, which is a testament to the creative talents of our students. We are always eager to support events in which students are given an opportunity to apply the skills they have developed during their course. Getting involved in events like these will no doubt look great on their CV and their portfolio when they enter the world of work.”