Telephone fundraising campaign begins
Fourteen Fitzwilliam students are gearing up to call alumni in this year’s telephone fundraising campaign, which will take place from 10 to 23 April.
During the campaign the students will speak to hundreds of alumni, giving them an insight into what Fitzwilliam is like today and finding out where their degrees have taken them.
Many of the gifts donated over the years have supported our students directly by providing bursaries to assist them in their studies and in making the most of their time at Cambridge. This financial support helps to encourage brilliant students with the potential to go on to achieve great things, but who might otherwise be put off by the cost of a degree; now estimated to be £54,630 after three years for undergraduates. Thanks in large measure to the generosity of alumni, the College was able to make 1,119 financial awards to our students last year.
The telephone campaign is popular with the students, who appreciate the opportunity to speak to alumni and often receive valuable careers advice. Randeep Nag (MML 2015), who was a student caller in 2017, comments: “The telethon was great fun and showed me how strong the community spirit is amongst Fitz's alumni. It was a pleasure to speak to former students about their experiences at the College and beyond, and I received some valuable careers advice in the process. I also really enjoyed being part of the calling team and gained excellent communication skills. I thoroughly recommend that everyone gets involved with the campaign – it’s a great feeling supporting the College.”
Last year’s campaign raised more than £240,000 for the College over the next three years, the most ever donated. We wish this year’s callers the best of luck, and would like to thank alumni for their generosity.