Charity Event Is A Huge Success
SERC staff, students and the local community recently came together to show their support at a Young Minds Matter event at the College’s Downpatrick campus, held in aid of raising vital funds for charities PIPS and Mind Your Mate and Yourself.
The project, held in conjunction with Youth Action, was organised and managed by the BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism students, and was compered on the night by UTV presenter Colm McAlinden and Down 105FM host Michael Clarke.
The highlight of the night was a four course banquet headed by SERC’s Dr Michael Malone and Tommy Martin, two Senior Managers from the college. who battled it out to prepare, cater for and deliver a four-course gourmet banquet with the assistance of respective students. Under the tutelage of their mentors, SERC Chef Lecturers Michael Gillies and Ian Thompson, the duo had to prepare, cook and serve all the dishes. And to make matters that little bit trickier both contestants took part in a live pancake making competition.
Commenting on the night, SERC Director of Curriculum and Corporate Services Dr Michael Malone, who represented the Lisburn campus, said: “The evening was a great success. It was great to see everyone working together for such a great cause. The event was designed to raise awareness and much needed funds for the two charities, and I would like to thank the local community and businesses that came along and helped make the event a success.”
Tommy Martin, Head of Finance at SERC, added: “The charities receive no government funding, so they rely entirely on the generosity of individuals to continue their vital work. For the many people who have been, and continue to be, affected by depression, both charities aim to ensure that young people are aware of how to look after their wellbeing and have a feel good factor.”
Tutor Michelle McCarthy explains: “We understand that today students are under lots of different pressures. We need students to recognise that there is help available and we as a college care about each and every one of our students.”
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