Meeting fundraising challenge

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Students from Cornwall College will be ‘dancing in the streets’ in the New Year after winning a fundraising challenge set by a Cornwall Enterprising Women (CEW) and the college.

The Enterprising Foundation project tasked 30 of the college’s business foundation degree students with devising innovative fundraising ideas to support Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF).

And yesterday they pitched their ideas, in teams, to a panel of ‘Dragons’ Den’ style judges at the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

CEW’s women’s enterprise coordinator Josie Purcell said: “CEW is very excited to be a part of a project like this and it was inspiring to see the thought the students had put into their proposals, including specifics on how they intend to implement a ‘live’ fundraising event.

“This is a fabulous way to encourage entrepreneurship in the next generation.”

The winning team’s idea is to hold a countywide Zumba fundraising session in January.

Team representative Alicia Locke said: “When set the task we were very conscious of the time scale, the ease of implementing an idea and the costs.

“Zumba is a Latin dance-based exercise and we are now fine tuning our plans for the event but hope that people from across Cornwall will be willing to get on board, get fit and get giving in January.”