The Richmond Student Government has raised £885 for non-governmental organization Professors Without Borders from the proceeds of its Spring End of Term Party. The event held at Bodo’s Schloss nightclub in Kensington on the 4 May saw over 130 students and alumni come together to celebrate the end of the academic year and give to the cause.
Student Government President Damien Ashton-Wellman stated “I think it’s important to not only give back to our amazing alumni, but also to do our part in providing outreach to those that have not had the same opportunities as us. Education is a right for those that are academically gifted and not just a privilege for those with money, that’s something I think that’s Richmond is very committed to.”
The Non-Profit was co-founded by Richmond alumnus Tessy De Nassau, who graduated in 2014 with a BA in International Relations and former Adjunct Professor of International Relations Dr Caroline Varin to develop educational opportunities and reverse the brain drain in emerging countries.
This year, Professors Without Borders are sending seven academics to Bo and Freetown, in Sierra Leone, where they will teach 125 students over two weeks. All classes are free to the students while the teachers volunteer their time and knowledge. The funds raised by the Richmond Student Government will go directly towards supporting this initiative on the ground.
More information on Professors Without Borders and the work they do can be found here.