November really isn’t the best month to shave your head. But if you’re trying to raise money for charity, sometimes you just have to do what has to be done. A group of my radio students dug deep on behalf of a leading charity and event today. Broadcasting live on Children in Need day, we raised money and hopefully awareness of the work done by the BBC charity.
The final year radio students at University of South Wales broadcast their first live programme as part of the Exposure Radio project.
Exposure is now an established brand within the university and beyond. During the final year of their undergraduate studies students specialising in radio and television work under professional broadcasting standards. They have to adhere to tight deadlines and operate as ‘professional’ broadcasters. For the last few years the students have raised money for Wales’ leading cancer charity Tenovus and also Children in Need. The BBC appeal always falls around the time of our first live radio broadcast, which is very useful. As important as it is that our students leave us with excellent industry-relevant skills, I also believe it’s important to ensure they develop a social awareness.
Children in Need is always a good place to start. The insistence on wearing onesies baffles me, but fun ways to raise money are always welcome. This year we asked people to guess the number of sweets in the jar and one of our team, Will Fuchs, offered to have his head shaved if the pledges reached the £100 mark. They did, they exceeded it in fact, so Will lost his hair, in full view of onlookers on the Street at our Atrium campus and Children in Need gained £160.