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Physics Society raise funds for Tanzania telescopes

A trip to CERN in Switzerland has inspired the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Physics Society to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Last year 24 of the Physics Society members went out to Switzerland to see the Large Hadron Collider. While they were there, they went to a series of lectures and talks but it was the Telescopes for Tanzania talk which really struck home with them.

The charity talked at length about the work they do in the East African country and how they wanted to build a teaching observatory, where they would not only have telescopes but teach key skills such as mathematics and basic astronomy.

Tom Halpin, chair of the Physics Society discussed how important the charity’s work is. He said: “The telescopes allow for people in Tanzania to learn about basic astronomy. Astronomy includes a lot of maths, so if they know how the Earth rotates around the Sun and how the earth moves, they can learn basic trigonometry.”

When the Society returned home from the trip, they decided to raise money themselves for the cause. First up was a Physics Society quiz night in 53 degrees and 60 people from the society joined in, with 15 teams being formed.

All that was required from the participants was a £5 donation and after the initiative shown by the members, they even managed to get raffle prizes donated from local bars and establishments.

Overall, they raised £260 and Tom talked about the charity’s reaction when they discovered their efforts. He added: “They were overjoyed, they’d just had a big fundraising campaign to build an observatory there, an actual functioning school so any more helps them.”

However, the fundraising events aren’t ending there! Next up for them is a pub golf event, where members of the society will go around nine pubs and bars in Preston. They will charge 50p a bar per person as they fundraise further and the sky is the limit for these passionate individuals, with their efforts set to be felt for years to come in the country.