UWMCC have rounded off 2017 with an extremely successful term for our charity efforts. The Movember campaign took off over the month, with many clubmen participating in the annual 30-day event of growing out questionable moustaches. By the end, the club managed to raise over £2,400 leading the university efforts with the most donations, as well as ranking 8th from university teams nationwide. Our 24-hour one-hand-one-bounce event was a major triumph too, as we braved the cold on the Piazza to play a continuous game in aid of MIND. With a huge number of small donations, a charity raffle and the streaming of the first Ashes test, UWMCC raised over £500 thanks to everyone’s efforts. These highlights showcase what a great term UWMCC had in regards to charitable events and campaigns.
Looking in to 2018, UWMCC will be taking on the Warwick Marathon on the 4th March. The exec and other volunteers from the club will be partaking in the annual run for the British Heart Foundation. We want to get as many people involved as possible to focus our efforts on beating our fundraising target from last year.
Another project to look forward to is our coaching in school’s scheme. Over the first term, the organization was put in place for several members of UWMCC to run a weekly after school cricket session in a local primary school. With all plans in place, our first session shall be on the 22nd January at St. Paul’s C of E in Leamington Spa. We will be doing 8 sessions in total, with the hope of being able to encourage further participation and enjoyment in cricket at any level.
As we welcome in the new year, we look forward to planning and doing many more fundraising opportunities for MIND. Ideas for other events are aplenty, a charity quiz, university-wide Kwik Cricket tournament or even bucketing at local festivals/events in the community. Learning from last year’s achievements, the possibility of another charity game vs. a voluntary XI is on the cards too. The chance to further our fundraising efforts for MIND are abundant, leading on from our previous efforts we hope to have similar success in the terms to come.
Hopefully, 2018 is as successful as 2017 was and we can fulfil our aim of becoming one of the largest charitable presences on campus.