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On Oct. 31, 2017, SAIT Alumni and Development held Giving Day, a 24-hour campaign to raise awareness and funds for SAIT students. The final tally was $70,105 thanks to contributions from SAIT alumni, students, employees and friends plus matching donor funds of $25,000 from RGO Products Ltd. and $10,000 from an anonymous donor.
One fund that benefits from Giving Day is the SAIT Student Success Fund, which supports experiential learning through activities including student clubs and student-led projects. In January, the #SAITGIVES Instagram Club Contest invited clubs to share photos showing the types of activities they could offer if they won $1,000 from the fund. All photos were entered into a random draw. Here are the four winners.
SAIT Beekeeping Club “With our prize money, we want to buy bee hives, get nucs (packs of bees with a queen) and supplies like suits and gloves. We plan to start beekeeping on campus and to try new techniques like using styrofoam and plastic hives as well as traditional wooden hives.”
SAIT Surf Club “Our goal is promoting and sustaining river surfing in Calgary. We haven’t decided how these funds will be used yet, but we do know they will be instrumental in helping reach our fundraising goal of $20,000 to build this wave.”
SAIT Métis Student Club “We are planning traditional crafts such as beading to educate and engage club members, other students and SAIT employees in cultural activities. Another possible use is to fund our students participating in community events put on by Métis Nation of Alberta.”
Architectural Technologies Students’ Association “Our club helps students network with industry professionals so we will use the money in part to organize more lunch-and-learn sessions for students, and to organize a welcome event so students in the upcoming fall intake can learn about our club.”