08 February 2013
Two academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have braved the waxing table to raise money for a great cause.
Dr Martin Brown, Director of UCLan’s Burnley Campus, and Niam Iltaf were the volunteers who faced the painful experience to generate funds for The Prince’s Trust.
The event, which saw Dr Brown lose his chest hair and Niam lose his arm hair, was one of four fundraising events being organised by students at the Campus.
“The experience wasn’t too bad and on a pain scale of one to ten it was about a five”
Dr Brown said: “The experience wasn’t too bad and on a pain scale of one to ten it was about a five. It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be but having said that it’s not something I’d choose to have again but the fact it’s raised lots of money for such a great cause is the important thing.”
He said: “The University has worked very closely with a selection of Prince’s charities over a number of years and this Million Makers scheme for the Prince’s Trust was something we wanted the students to get involved in.
“It’s been really beneficial for them as they’ve come up with a business idea, pitched it Dragons’ Den style, created the events management company and by the end of February will have carried out four major fundraising events and all the profits will feed back into the Prince’s Trust Million Makers Scheme.
“This is a great employability experience for all of them. It’s clearly shown them what skills they need to run a business in the current climate and as the University is number one in the North West for supporting start-up businesses, we hope our students have gained the skills from this to go on and create their own companies.”
“The fact it’s raised lots of money for such a great cause is the important thing”
The event, which took place on Monday at the Burnley Campus, raised more than £500 and that joins the £1,200 the students collected before Christmas while packing bag in Sainsbury’s.
The next enterprise is a Family Fun Day from 11.00am to 5.00pm on 16 February at Burnley Boys and Girls Club, Barden Lane, Burnley. Families can show their support and experience Mehndi, bouncy castle, face painting, raffles, food, games, nail art, cupcakes, stalls and much more.
This academic year so far, UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership has contributed £185,900 to the communities of Lancashire in student volunteer time. The Foundation Degree provides an excellent opportunity for community minded individuals to develop strong leadership and management skills.
For further details, please contact Dr Alethea Melling MBE.