VIU tourism students host Celtic Chaos St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser

March 14, 2012 - 11:48pm

A group of students from Vancouver Island University’s Department of Recreation and Tourism Management programming and special events class have been putting their knowledge and skills into action with the Celtic Chaos St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event they are organizing. The event will take place on Saturday March 17 in VIU’s upper cafeteria from 8 pm until 1 am.


“Our goals for this event are to provide a fun, safe event for VIU’s students while also raising money for our international internship project,” says student Kassandra Kirkham.


The student group is raising money to help fund an unpaid internship, called the Heart of Gold project, in which five tourism students will be participating next month in Costa Rica.


The Heart of Gold project is a community empowerment initiative and mutual research alliance that was founded by faculty member Dr. David Robinson in 2004 and has been fostering student learning on a global level ever since.


“Although we have faced some challenges along the way, this has been a great hands-on learning experience for us,” says student organizer Jennifer Dorby.


“We feel that it’s important for us, as students, to take advantage of these opportunities to build a stronger sense of community on campus and to support local charitable organizations.”


While this particular programming and events course has been a part of the curriculum in the past, this is the first year where students are organizing and hosting events in the community.


Tickets for the Celtic Chaos event are on sale at the Student’s Union for $15.



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