I get up at seven, yeah, And I go to work at nine, I got no time for livin’, Yes, I’m workin’ all the time

Telephone fundraising campaign 2015 (reposted from Giving to Kent)

Our autumn 2015 Telephone Campaign was the most successful to date. From Saturday 24 October to Sunday 22 November, a dedicated team of 23 student callers spoke to over 1,300 alumni across the UK, during which time they shared their experiences at Kent, updated alumni on all the latest news from the University, and also spoke about the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports a range of projects that help transform the lives of students at Kent.

Our student callers had a fantastic time sharing their memories with those who attended Kent before them. Many received offers of mentoring support from alumni who remember only too well how daunting the world of work can be, and over £71,000 was raised for the Kent Opportunity Fund, the highest total for our telephone campaign to date. Donations and pledges received will enable ground-breaking research to be undertaken by exceptional scholars, help financially-vulnerable students to complete their degrees, and support activities and projects that equip students with the skills and experience to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Abigail Appiah-Twum, a second year Accounting and Finance student, was part of the calling team, and was overwhelmed by the generosity of Kent’s alumni. As someone who has benefited from the Work-Study Scheme, which is supported by the Kent Opportunity Fund and enables students to undertake campus-based paid work to enhance their employability skills and increase their future career prospects, Abigail has first-hand experience of the difference which the Fund can make. ‘I understand how beneficial the Kent Opportunity Fund can be and I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to enhance the University experience of other students by taking part in the Telephone Campaign. It has ignited my passion for fundraising, and I plan to do more of it in the future’.

We are continually amazed by the response to our telephone fundraising campaigns and the generosity shown by our alumni in support of students at Kent. On behalf of all of the callers who have enjoyed some fantastic conversations, the students who have benefited from your generosity, and those who will be supported in the years to come: thank you.

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