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Students raise money for East Ayrshire Women’s Aid

Students raise money for East Ayrshire Women’s Aid

Ayrshire College Sport and Fitness students have handed over a healthy donation to East Ayrshire Women’s Aid following a football tournament held at their Kilmarnock Campus.

An impressive total of £470 was raised for the charity at the College’s annual 5-a-side ‘Blow the Whistle’ contest, which is part of the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence.

Spin bikes were also placed in the foyer of the College, where people could cycle for donations from students and college staff.

The money was recently gifted to East Ayrshire Women’s Aid and will go towards helping families in the area who have been affected by domestic abuse.

Judy Ferguson, the Domestic Abuse Training & Prevention Worker from East Ayrshire Women’s Aid popped into the College this week to thank the students for raising awareness of domestic violence and helping those who are affected.

Judy said “It’s great to have this local support raising money for young families. This money will go directly towards supporting women and children who have experienced domestic abuse in East Ayrshire. Sometimes children are going through court processes and can be called as witnesses, and it can be an emotionally difficult time for them. If we can get money to give them fun activities it allows them to forget about the stresses and strains of everyday living.

“What’s so fabulous about this event is that the majority of the students are male, and it’s important that both men and women stand together to say domestic abuse isn’t acceptable.”

David Dougan, Sport and Fitness lecturer at Ayrshire College said, “It is such a pleasure for the Sports department to raise this money for such a worthy cause as the East Ayrshire Women’s Aid. The students planned and delivered the event from start to finish, which is great real life experience for them. They can then take this experience and use it in the Sports industry.”

20 April 2017

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