INTO UEA breaks records!

Students and staff at INTO UEA have achieved a phenomenal milestone by raising over £100,000 for good causes in the UK and around the world. 

£100K raised by UEA superstars!

05 Dec 2019

This remarkable achievement has been accomplished thanks to over a decade of hard work and dedication on the part of INTO UEA’s students and staff.

Around one-third of the total has been raised through the centre’s annual golf tournament, which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary at Barnham Broom Golf Club. More than £7,000 was raised on the day and ensured INTO UEA’s fundraising total blew past the £100,000 mark.

Every penny raised, which thanks to match funding has seen the total doubled, has gone directly to benefit good causes, including INTO Giving, a charity which supports children’s education across the globe with a particular focus on girls and refugees.    

 INTO UEA’s fundraising endeavours by no means end on the 18th hole, the centre holds year-round events, including quiz nights, Christmas jumper days, competitive cycling and football tournaments, plus participation from staff and students in events such as the 5K Bubble Rush fun run.

The team’s fundraising efforts weren’t even hampered by The Beast from the East in 2018 as one hardy staff member completed a sponsored ski-to-work!

 Debbie Price, INTO UEA Centre Director said:

 “We’re absolutely delighted to have achieved this milestone of raising over £100,000 for INTO Giving, it’s a real testament to the hard-work and determination of our staff and students. We’re especially proud of events like our annual Golf Day which continues to go from strength to strength. There are too many people who have been key to success over the years to name individually, but special mention has to go to two staff who have been involved from the start, namely Paul Carter who has so successfully developed the idea of the Golf Day, and Ness Girling who been invaluable in organising events, drumming up support and securing prizes, not to mention completing her fair share of challenges, who along with others jumped out of a plane”

The centre’s fundraising has benefited a number of local charities, including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers (GYGYC).

Continuing a relationship that has built up over a number of years, GYGYC will receive a donation of £600 from INTO UEA as part of the total raised from this year’s Golf Day. Nationally the Centre has proudly supported charities such as Walk the Walk, Save the Children, Brain Tumour Research and the Stroke Association. 

INTO UEA’s efforts have helped internationally as well by raising funds for INTO Giving, which has supported thousands of schoolchildren and teachers through more than 36 projects in over 20 countries across 5 continents.

INTO Giving is made up of a global network of staff and students, who give their time, skills, expertise and money to create a movement for change and equality in education worldwide.

 John Latham, CEO said:

 “We’re not just a business, we’re an educator and we’re peppered with individuals, all the way round the world…with people who are really passionate about education. Charitable activity is, in itself, something that we’d want to support as an organisation…because we care about education locally as well as in developing countries and trying to get access for more girls to enjoy and benefit from education, that just speaks to who we are and our DNA collectively”

INTO Giving projects include building new schools, IT centres and libraries in Zambia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China and Uganda, supporting girls’ education in Ghana, Malawi and Colombia, and providing refugee schoolchildren with an education in Lebanon and Greece, all of which have been greatly bolstered by INTO UEA’s tireless efforts.

To mark this £100,000 milestone, INTO UEA have elected to donate an additional £5,000 to YMCA Norfolk in recognition of the charity’s work with young people in the county. YMCA Norfolk ensure, amongst other things, that vulnerable individuals have somewhere safe to stay and a support network which can provide the stability and opportunities required to make a positive difference in their lives.

 Judy Bailey, Events and Fundraising Officer from YMCA Norfolk said:

 “The fantastic donation of £5000 from Into UEA is a wonderful boost to YMCA Norfolk and helps to ensure we can continue to provide the services across our five core areas of work; Accommodation, Family Work, Support & Advice, Health & Wellbeing and Training & Education to vulnerable Young People and families in Norfolk.  Last year we provided a safe and secure home to 445 young people and the support from Into UEA will help us in our mission to ensure every Young Person has a safe place to stay”

 

Well done INTO UEA and congratulations on your incredible philanthropic success!