Jenny has traveled from her home in South Korea to study Tourism and Hospitality Management - Event Planning at Humber.
|Jenny at the event|
In the second year of my Tourism and Hospitality Management - Event Planning program, students are assigned to plan an event as part of our Event Execution class. It is opportunity for us to gain practical event management experience and learn skills that can help us to be successful during our internship in the following semester. This year, our class came up with ideas to plan a silent auction event to raise money and awareness for our chosen charity, “Hands Up Out Of Poverty.”
Hands Up Out Of Poverty is a development program for women and girl in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Its purpose is to educate women and help them to live a better life while making money for their family.
|Jenny and her classmates|
Hands Up Out Of Poverty was chosen for our class project, because our class wanted to create meaningful content for our event by making a difference to others. This organization works in places where education is perceived as a gift that allows women to learn and helps them to become leaders in their community.
As a student, I know that education is not only a powerful tool to change people’s perspective of the world, but also knowledge that can benefit people’s lives. The unfortunate fact is that children who do not get a chance to go to school suffer from financial problems and sometimes other social issues caused by not being able to achieve their needs and desires. We as a class noticed the value of education and aimed to raise $5000 to support girls / women and satisfy our client, J. Neysmith, the founder of Hands Up Out of Poverty.
|Jenny and her classmates|
Our executive committee had six leaders covering different event aspects. I was one of the sponsorship chairs, responsible for getting 4-5 items each week for the silent auction. This role required a lot of boldness and determination to acquire interesting items to put on the silent auction table.
As the event day approached, our class had a launch event on November 24th in the Humber cafeteria to let other people know about our silent auction event. There were bake sales and fifty/fifty raffle ticket draws and games to draw people’s attention. The most important part was to engage people with the fun activities our class planned, but getting people to participate was difficult since students were busy with their classes. However, as a class, we were able to raise $300 that day and get people interested in our event.
On December 3rd, the day of the event, our classmates gathered to set up tables, curtains and organize items for the event. At 11 a.m., the event was open for everyone to come, and HumberTV / Radio students came to film our event. At a silent auction, there are interesting items for people to bid on: for example, Starbucks coffee gift packages, a deluxe hotel accommodation certificate for the Eaton Chelsea, a Kimi sushi gift certificate, a wine case, Humber swag, a Chinese tea set, and different kinds of gifts for Christmas.
In the end, we raised almost $4000 and that made our class feel proud of our achievement. With support from Humber’s community and local stores, we made a silent auction possible and raised enough money to provide sanitary pads to women for 10 months. I want to say a big thank you for all the support and encouragement from the Humber community. Their support means a lot to girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Through the event, I learned the importance of communication and teamwork skills. When working with people, listening to other peoples’ ideas and suggestions are important in creating a positive team. The idea of giving and sharing is an important part of our lives that should continue to create a better world for everyone to live in.