#bakesalelyf: a perspective on societies & fundraising…
…by Holly / from Cambridgeshire / studies History of Art / 3rd Year (UG)
Being in a society is great; instant friends, a support system and new things to learn and do. There are over 250 societies here at Edinburgh! You can chase a snitch like Harry Potter, or sojourn at a soiree with espresso martinis…meaning, as cliché as this phrase is, that there is a society for everyone. I recommend trying something new, which you may hate, but contrarily you could be inspired and invigorated. You might even find what we are all searching for – your thing.
It is not quite realised, though, just how much goes into running a society, so I thought I would give you all a view from the other side – committee. A society I dabble with is EUSOG, a musical theatre society which puts on three productions a year. I am one of their Fundraising Managers, otherwise known as Q.B.S (Queen of the Bake Sale). It requires a lot of time and effort baking, planning events and trailing the Edinburgh streets for sponsors. But it is worth it- seeing and hearing people enjoy fundraising activities and the shows we can put on as a result is FAB.
Doing your part to help student societies is important- donating 20p for a cake or taking a chance on a raffle strip helps incredibly. After all, we are here to support each other through the roller-coaster that is university. I definitely recommend being part of a committee; I have made close friends in bonding over important decisions and have gained many a *cue grown-up talk* transferable skill.
I am going to finish with a quick successful bake sale guide:
- Visuals – use posters, banners, flyers and colourful cakes to rake in the punters
- Enthusiasm– music, chatting, smiling, the works. Be ready to pick on people you know
- Vegan options!
- Change – have a coin float (seems obvious, but often forgotten)
- Location – outside the library is a classic
- Brings us swiftly onto my last point – timing. Make sure you have plenty of bakes and stall bodies on the hour as lectures end
- Get permission – email the library’s Building and Services Manager