Stu­dents’ ideas ben­e­fit char­ity

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | EDUCATION - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­

UNIVER­SITY stu­dents have banded to­gether to ex­plore the world of pub­lic re­la­tions, es­tab­lish­ing busi­ness ties, all while rais­ing much-needed funds for char­ity.

Madi­son Agius, Zoe Rinke, Ad­nan Khan, Louise Ber­tram, Brooke Trap­pett and Is­abelle Louis from the Univer­sity of Sun­shine Coast have put their heads to­gether to dream up a class project.

Team spokes­woman Is­abelle Louis said, af­ter se­cur­ing the Sun­shine Coast Turf Club as their first client, they were in­structed to cre­ate an event that at­tracted a mar­ket the club was strug­gling to tap into – stu­dents.

Ms Louis said af­ter get­ting their cre­ative juices flow­ing over a brain­storm­ing ses­sion, the team had a lightbulb mo­ment.

“The univer­sity doesn’t re­ally have a so­cial scene,” she said.

“So we got think­ing, we are univer­sity stu­dents so let’s do what we would want to do, let’s cre­ate an at­mos­phere we’d want to be a part of.”

And so was born the skele­ton idea of the first Twi­light Races. The event will host unique evening horse races, quirky craft beer stalls, food trucks and live mu­sic.

Work­ing in the in­dus­try the stu­dents wish to en­ter af­ter grad­u­a­tion, they were able to tap into the knowl­edge they’d learnt through­out their de­gree.

“When you’re do­ing the­ory, it’s hard to see how that’s com­ing to­gether in real life,” Ms Louis said.

“It’s good to see I have the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to make this work and it’s the right ca­reer path for me.”

At the Twi­light Races, the group have set a goal to raise $3000 for Teens Take Con­trol, a Sun­shine Coast-based char­ity that works closely with teens on is­sues of bul­ly­ing, dis-en­gage­ment with school and do­mes­tic abuse.

Ms Louis said the char­ity was a per­fect fit for the event.

“It works in with the event be­cause the next step from high school is go­ing to univer­sity,” she said.

“It’s like a bunch of stu­dents help­ing out the next gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents.”

The event will take place to­mor­row – Fri­day, May 4 – at the Sun­shine Coast Turf Club from 3pm.

TWI­LIGHT TIME: USC stu­dents have brain­stormed to cre­ate an in­au­gu­ral event at the Sun­shine Coast Turf Club in Caloun­dra.

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