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Students' Board Games Blitz raises $2000 for local kids

25 Mar 2013

Children from the northern suburbs will benefit from literacy, coaching and mentoring programs thanks to the efforts of business students at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT).

Students from the Diploma of Business Administration course raised $2000 for local charity The Smith Family by organising a “Board Games Blitz” event on campus. The event featured a day of knock-out board game competitions like Connect 4, Ludo, Monopoly and Draughts. Students also ran raffles, chocolate drives, a bake-off and a sausage sizzle.

The task formed part of the students' project management course which required skills such as schedule planning, risk management, communication with stakeholders and budgeting.

Student Jacqui Grech says working on the fundraiser was a great challenge. “I learned how to compromise, make decisions on ideas and plan for an event. I've grown more confident as a result.”

Course lecturer Susan Menzies said she wanted students to choose a task they believed in and one which had value in the real world. She said the event gave students an understanding of how to work within organisational constraints, including looking after advertising, managing their budget and organising meetings.

“The students got more out of the project than I could have imagined. I really enjoyed being part of this because I could see every student developing and understanding their strengths.”

Ms Menzies says the 40 students who took part were keen to raise money for local children and The Smith Family's suite of literacy programs fitted the bill. “The Smith Family supports students' education, something pretty close to their own hearts and minds.”

The $2000 cheque will be presented to Anne Marmion of The Smith Family by students from the business administration course on November 17.

The Smith Family is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping disadvantaged children through education and learning. One in seven Australian children are living in disadvantaged circumstances and do not have access to the same educational, health or life opportunities as the rest of the population.


What: Presentation of $2000 cheque to Anne Marmion by NMIT students
Where: NMIT, Preston Campus
When: November 17 at 12.00pm


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