Students share their experience of this year’s Telethon

13th October 2017

This year the annual Telethon took place between 19th September and 2nd October 2017, in an effort to raise money for the Annual Fund.

A team of thirteen, comprised of eleven current students and two recent graduates, spoke to 450 alumni to secure donations. We're delighted to report that, owing to the generosity of this year’s donors, the team raised £105k, and this figure is increasing with further donations still coming in.

This year we caught up with three of our callers to find out about what it’s like to be a Telethon caller!

The following piece was written by Katharine Roddy (BA Modern Languages) who recently graduated from Pembroke, and returned to participate in the Telethon

‘I really enjoyed taking part in the Telethon over the past couple of weeks. Having just graduated this summer, it's been fantastic to chat to lots of Pembroke alumni and to find out where their degrees have taken them. I've received useful careers advice and had lots of kind offers to have a chat about my interests, people giving me their email addresses and offering to meet up for coffee and discuss things further. 

Having taken the summer off to relax after Finals, doing the Telethon has been a great way to get my brain back in gear and refocus. Speaking to alumni who've gone on to do what feels like every career imaginable has really inspired me, and it's been heartening to hear how many alumni are still in touch with the college and their friends. 

I'd absolutely recommend doing the telethon to recent graduates. If you're a chatterbox like me, it's a lovely job and a great way to get advice from people working in fields you're interested in going into.’

The following piece was written by Lucy Helfgott (BA Experimental Psychology) & Victoria Lewis (BA Jurisprudence)

‘The Telethon involves students at Pembroke calling our alumni to hear about what they have been doing since they left Pembroke and inform them about the projects we are currently working towards. This year our fundraising focus was centred on three main projects; Our Academic Heart, Opportunities for All and 21st Century College.

The goal of our first project is to maintain the high academic status of Pembroke and support leading research throughout college. This involves offering graduate scholarships for students looking to pursue innovative and potentially ground-breaking research. Opportunities for All supports Pembroke’s access work, the aim of which is to encourage a more diverse student population at Oxford. Pembroke’s access scheme has led the way by offering an extended scheme of support in sixth form colleges around the UK. The final project aims to invest in College facilities and ensure students have an environment that they can thrive in.

The calls give students an opportunity to chat with alumni whilst earning money for Pembroke. Our team this year worked very hard but definitely had fun whilst doing it. It was so rewarding to raise funds for these worthwhile projects, and the friendly atmosphere and free food made for an enjoyable two weeks!’