Mon, 17 May 2010
Students and staff at the University of East Anglia are throwing money down the toilet for a good cause.
As part of a month of fundraising activities to support Malawi, UEA’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has placed a “collection bowl” in its reception area. The quirky idea is one of a series of initiatives to raise money to build toilets at a primary school in the African country.
Julia Hubbard, director of pre-registration nursing, said: “Despite their huge academic commitments, our students have demonstrated care, compassion, empathy and sympathy - fundamental attributes that we are committed to foster in nursing education.”
Other events taking place this month include a clothes swop, cake sale and raffle. One student, Drew Simpkin, will even submit to the pain of leg and chest waxing. There will also be a sponsored swim organised at Esporta, near Asda, from 9am-12pm on Sunday May 23.
UEA nursing lecturers Charlene Lobo and David Burgess, who have helped with the fundraising, said they were proud of their students, who are already on course to raise double the original target.
The funds raised will be used to build a toilet block at the Kapalamula Primary School, Malawi. The link with Kapalamula is organised by the Norwich-Dedza Partnership, a local charity that enables various institutions and individuals to support development in that part of the world.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.norwich-dedza.org