Trent Business Students Raise $7,400 to Date for
Friends of Honduran Children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Annual Donation Drive Supports Medical Brigade While
Developing Students’ Fundraising Skills
Thursday, May 14, 2009, Peterborough
Inspired by the efforts of former Trent student
leader Virginia Portmann, a beneficial partnership
has emerged between successive groups of Trent
University business students and Friends of
Honduran Children (FoHC) that has generated
$7,400 in donations while developing students’ fundraising skills and civic engagement.
In the fall of 2007, Ms. Portmann, a Nursing and
Business Administration student, was invited to
Professor Kathryn Campbell’s third year business class (ADMN 350) to ask students for
their help in funding Ms. Portmann’s work on a medical brigade in Honduras with the
Friends of Honduran Children (FoHC). FoHC is a Peterborough based charity with a 25
year history of helping the people of Honduras through medical and building brigades, as
well as child sponsorship and educational initiatives. Ms. Portmann’s fellow students
were inspired by her commitment and helped to raise over $3,600. All their activities
were voluntary and not for course credit.
Encouraged by last year’s experience and with ongoing inspiration from Ms. Portmann,
Prof. Campbell asked this year’s ADMN 350 students if they thought they could match
last year’s FoHC contribution. A dedicated group of student leaders took up the
challenge and raised over $3,800. At the same time, the entire class was involved in
discussions about the campaign and about the importance of civic engagement. The
money raised helped the children of Honduras and the involvement in the fundraising
process helped students to appreciate how they could indeed make a difference.
According to Prof. Campbell, if the world is viewed as a village of 100, 50% of the
population is malnourished, 80% is living in substandard housing and 70% is unable to
read. “These numbers show in startling clarity the halves and the have nots”, she said.
Students from this year’s campaign spoke passionately about their experience. Jennifer
Walsh, a third-year Trent business student said, “I feel that it is important for students to
get involved in initiatives like this because, as students in Canada, we are extremely
fortunate. Even a little bit of money or effort can go a long way in making the world a
better place.” Evelio Alanis Marcos, an international student from Mexico, praised the
work of his fellow students saying, “Trent University students have proven to be an
active bunch in getting involved with the Peterborough community in regards to solving
poverty, environmental and other justice issues.”
ther demonstrate to students the importance of giving back and to aid students in
their fundraising efforts for Honduras, Prof. Campbell worked with Richard Morgan and
the staff in the University’s Advancement Office to deliver ‘Fundamentals of Fundraising’,
a two-evening, four-hour seminar, as a pilot project to some 20 students. The seminar
was well received and there are plans to offer the workshop again next year.
Other groups around the University have also recognized the excellent work being done
by FoHC and, over the years, the relationship between Trent University and FoHC has
become a strong and important one. Allison Grierson, office coordinator for FoHC says, “We are very grateful to all the students for their hard work. It’s also great to spread the
awareness of what we do.”
To date, many Trent students have contributed to the work of FoHC. For example,
Nursing students have provided medical assistance on medical brigades; IMPACT
leadership students have participated in building brigades for the past two years; and
Trent Students Offering Support (Trent SOS) have raised money through offering
examination preparation sessions.
Through all initiatives, partnering with Friends of Honduran Children has given many
Trent students the opportunity to become more active and caring citizens and together
we have worked to make a world of difference.
Photo caption: Trent Business Administration students celebrate raising over $3,800 for
Friends of Honduran Children with Professor Kathryn Campbell (left) and Allison
Grierson from FoHC (right).
For further information, please contact Professor Kathryn Campbell, Business
Administration Program, at (705) 742-0948.