Origami leads to cocktails at House of Commons for UCB students

August 2016

Kind-hearted UCB students found themselves rubbing shoulders with VIPs at the House of Commons thanks to the ancient art of origami.

Artistic undergraduates responded to a challenge set by the Family Holiday Association to devise a simple money-raising initiative as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.

UCB’s team, which consisted of International Tourism Management students Temenuzhka Trayanova and Natalie Rushton along with Hospitality and Tourism Management student Krasimira Georgieva and Professional Studies in Youth, Community and Families student Elena Rumenova Ruykova, made and sold scores of colourful origami crafts to staff and final year students.

Their unusual idea resulted in them winning the competition, which was run in conjunction with the Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT). They were given exclusive invites to the ITT Chairman’s annual summer party at the House of Commons.

The Family Holiday Association provides UK breaks for families who are struggling with issues including severe and long-term illness, bereavement, mental health issues, disability and domestic violence.

Charity spokesman Michael Smout said: “Evidence shows that our work results in stronger, healthier and happier families and communities. It is only though the enthusiastic and innovative support of fundraisers like the guys as University College Birmingham that we can continue with this vital work.”

Temenuzhka, who is entering the final year of her degree at UCB, said: “It was such a great experience for us to get involved in this amazing cause. For me and Elena origami is a hobby, but for the other two members of the team it was something new. We were so happy that they found it so much fun.”