Students raise skin cancer awareness

A group of Event Management students from La Trobe Business School is running an exciting cocktail-style fundraiser to raise awareness of skin cancer and raise money for Cancer Council Victoria.

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two out of three Australians being diagnosed with a form of it before the age of 70.

Why skin cancer?

The students organising the event have all been touched by cancer in one way or another.

'We decided to focus on raising awareness of skin cancer because it affects so many young people,' said Event Management student and event leader, Marnie Mulcahy.

'Other people involved in the event keep saying how much this cause means to them and how happy they are to donate their time,' said team member Olivia Kranz.

Real-life learning

The team consists of Ms Mulcahy, Ms Kranz and two other third year Event Management students, Rupa Newnham and Julia Scarmozzino. Their Spring Fling features live music, competitions and tasty treats.

The students have been successful in obtaining sponsorship of $2,000 from one organisation, with La Trobe Business School providing a further $400. Local busineses have also donated raffle prizes.

Ms Mulcahy and Ms Kranz said organising the event has required a lot of work, such as negotiations with various business parties. However, they have enjoyed the experience, as it gives them an idea of the 'real world'.

'This experience will definitely be beneficial as it has allowed us to put theory into practice,' said Ms Mulcahy.

A long history of fundraising continues

The Spring Fling is the latest project in a 14 year long history of fundraising by La Trobe Tourism and Event Management students. Over the years, more than $100,000 has been raised.

This significant achievement led to Jessica Derham, Associate Lecturer in the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality, and Marnie Long, Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, to submit an entry for the B/HERT Best Community Engagement Collaboration award.

The B/HERT (Business/Higher Education Round Table) Awardsrecognise, and highlight the benefits of, collaboration between business and higher education.

'Our entry is based on the long standing relationship we have had with Cancer Council Victoria,' said Ms Derham.

Ten thousand dollars in prize money is up for grabs.

Event details

The Spring Fling is on Thursday 27 November 2014 from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at St Andrews Conservatory, 128 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy.

Tickets cost $55 each.

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The event organisers prepare for a successful event. 

Back row left to right: Rupa Newnham, Julia Scarmozzino

Front row left to right: Marnie Mulcahy, Olivia Kranz

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