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Showcase of talent raises valuable funds for SPARK

A variety performance showcasing the artistic talents of undergraduate and postgraduate students has raised more than £800 for SPARK, York St John University’s scholarship and student support fund.

More than 200 students took to the stage on Thursday 17 March in front of a packed audience. Staff and students were joined by VIP guests including the Lord Mayor of York and the former President of the Association of the Colleges of Ripon and York St John. Acts included African drumming, Latin and Asian dancing, performances by the Gospel choir and the Big Band, and an array of other entertainers.

Indu Meddegama, PhD student and teaching assistant at York St John University was the lead organiser of the event. She said:

“On behalf of my fellow student wardens, I would like to thank the University and in particular the Alumni Development office for supporting the variety performance for a second consecutive year. All those involved in the performance should be proud that their contribution will have a direct impact on someone else’s educational journey through funds raised for SPARK.”

Brett Arnall, Alumni & Development Manager, commented:

“This was another outstanding showcase of the diverse talents and culture at York St John as well as a demonstration of the way our students support each other. We are extremely proud of the way our students fundraise for local and national charities as well as the SPARK initiative and the positive impact they have within the City of York.”

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Head Warden, Indu Meddegama, and the Warden team for all their hard work in organising another outstanding show and to all the students that took time to rehearse and perform.” He added.

Since its launch in 2005, nearly £200,000 has been raised for SPARK (Securing Potential and Releasing Knowledge) through a variety of fundraising initiatives. In addition SPARK has supported more than 150 students from a wide variety of backgrounds to study academic and professional programmes across the University.

Picture shows: Flamenco dancer Lydia Cottrell, BA Dance (photography by Ian Scales)

For further press information please contact Amy Hey, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hey@yorksj.ac.uk


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