CPIT’s broadcasting students raise $80,000 for earthquake recovery
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
CPIT’s New Zealand Broadcasting School students have donated an impressive $82,464.20 towards earthquake recovery, fundraised through advertising and events as part of their 2011 student –run radio station, C96.
The money raised has been split evenly between the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust (CBRT) and the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Trust. It will go towards helping the Christchurch community in its recovery phase, through business support and community projects.
Will Johnston, C96 Station Manager is delighted with the outcome. “We started our radio station with the aim of helping the Canterbury recovery. The response was overwhelming and the final amount raised is much more than we had hoped for,” he said.
Canterbury Business Recovery Trust Executive Director Louise Edwards says she is so grateful for the support of CPIT’s New Zealand Broadcasting School students. “This donation will allow us to continue to provide financial support to those earthquake-affected Canterbury businesses that need a hand up to overcome the challenges the earthquake has presented.”
“The Trust is working really hard to help our business community recover from the earthquakes so we can have a vibrant and thriving business sector into the future, and it’s this kind of support from the New Zealand Broadcasting School that makes the work of the Trust possible,” she said.
Each year, CPIT’s second year broadcasting students are tasked with creating a radio station to put their course skills into practise. The February earthquake gave rise to the idea of a station that could help Christchurch and play upbeat, positive music that the wider community could enjoy.
“Christchurch had a different feeling when we began the course in 2011. We wanted to really help people so we made the decision to donate all sales revenue to charity.” Johnston said.
The support from businesses in Canterbury was very positive. One of the biggest contributors to the students’ fundraising was UNESCO who sponsored the ‘C96 Weekends.’
The students also gained extra experience in emergency broadcasting, updating the community after the June 2011 aftershocks.