May 27th - The Money Tree Grows

International students at INTO Glasgow Caledonian University recently put their heads together, and succeeded …

May 27th - The Money Tree Grows

27 May 2015

International students at INTO Glasgow Caledonian University recently put their heads together, and succeeded in growing over £700 for INTO Giving.

In April, participants in Money Tree – a class of cross-discipline students dedicated to raising money for INTO Giving - were divided in to small groups, given £5 and challenged with turning it into as much profit as possible in aid of INTO Giving by the end of the semester.

In the following six weeks, the INTO centre came alive during breaks and lunchtimes as the teams rushed around selling cakes, phone accessories and jewellery in an attempt to transform their initial £5 into the minimum £100 target. 

This year’s ideas were especially weird and wonderful - The inexplicably-named Team Fish & Chips ran an Ugliest Photo Competition which raised £91 by charging staff and students £1 to take a funny/ugly photo, which was posted on the team’s facebook page. The photo with the most ‘likes’ won a small prize!

Team Chicken Little netted a £121 by hosting a movie night. In a last-minute bid to boost their total, one of the team even put himself forward to have wet sponges thrown at him – for a fee!

But the winning scheme was probably the simplest. Team Mighty raised the most money by appealing to people’s stomachs - their idea of selling lots of cakes during busy times at the University resulting in a contribution of £150.11. 

In a special ceremony, all of the Money Tree participants presented their business ideas to assembled staff and students, and revealed how much money they had raised as a result of their great team-working and entrepreneurial skills.

David Gomez a member of the winning team said: “Fundraising is a part of life - we have to lean on each other and help each other out. It is a great feeling to raise money for underprivileged children.”

Head of Student Services at the centre, Tony Gilroy said: “The students did a fantastic job by raising £766.35 for INTO Giving, and they also developed their business skills along the way. I look forward to seeing if next year’s students can do even better!”

“Money Tree is a shining example of education, business skills and charity coming together to raise funds for INTO Giving – and the amount raised will have a significant impact on the children we support,” added INTO Giving Fundraising and Communications Officer, Isabel Bauckham.