26th February 2016

News, Student news, Alumni news

#IGaveToDorothy, a student led ‘leavers’ campaign, is encouraging final year Wadham students to donate to three fund-raising projects – access work, book grants and improving accessibility. 

This year’s #IGavetoDorothy Campaign got off to a lively start on Friday 24 February in the Middle Common Room. Both Undergraduate and Graduate students were invited to attend a Launch Party to kick start this year’s campaign. There was a piñata, beer pong and a pin the dress on Dorothy competition. 

Aside from the fun and games, several students made a donation, moving them closer to receiving match funding. This year, thanks to the generosity of Ross Hutchison (Philosophy & Modern Languages, 1979), £5,000 is up for grabs! For every 10% of leavers who donate, 10% of this gift will be released. Currently 2% of all 2016 Leavers have donated.

Ross added:“I'm delighted to provide a challenge gift for this campaign, which recognises and supports the generosity of our leaving year.  As President of the Wadham Society, which includes everyone who has been associated with the college, I am pleased and proud to support the spirit of gratitude shown by our students at this point when they become alumni - lifelong members of the Wadham community.  I applaud their efforts to give something back to the college, which means a great deal to me and, I'm sure, to them. Their generosity, now and in the future. will leave a lasting impression on this extraordinary, welcoming, and inclusive place.” 

Last year’s campaign was a huge success with over half of the leavers donating to Wadham. Their efforts provided further funding for Access days, book grants and the stair lift for Hall. This year’s Leavers are determined to make the 2016 campaign just as or even more successful than the last.  Whatever the amount donated, leavers will get an #IGaveToDorothy mug and will be encouraged to post about their donation on the @WadhamSU twitter feed.

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