Telethon 2020

Nb. Trinity’s annual telephone fundraising campaign is now postponed due to the developing COVID-19 situation.

We hope that you can talk to one of our students callers later this year. We know they were all very excited to speak with alumni and raise important funds for the College. If you do wish to support Trinity, you can do so here.

Thank you for your understanding during this turbulent time. Should you have any further questions, please get in touch.


Trinity is currently preparing to run its annual Telethon. From 16 March to 4 April, a group of dedicated student callers will be speaking to alumni all over the world, sharing their experiences at Trinity, updating alumni on what the College is like today, as well as asking for support for the College.

Last year, alumni pledged a fantastic £358,307, meaning that Trinity is able to provide more funding for students, and the College’s Widening Participation programmes, as well as for the Choir and the First and Third Trinity Boat Club.

We look forward to speaking with you soon. If you would prefer not to receive a call, please contact Phoebe Harris on annualfund@trin.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 338548.


Meet the callers

 

Rosa Aminzavvar

I am a second year studying Human, Social, and Political Sciences. I am the President of the Trinity Politics Society and have been involved with various initiatives outside of College, such as the Cambridge Refugee Scholarship Campaign and the Mays Literary Anthology. Having come to Cambridge by way of Canada, I love belonging to such an international community and am incredibly excited to connect with Trinity’s alumni from around the world.

 

Elizabeth Beevers

Hello! I am a first year Modern and Medieval Languages student reading Spanish and French. Since arriving at Trinity, I have been involved in First and Third Boat Club, the Trinity College Netball Club, and have recently been elected Access Officer for the TCSU. This is my first time participating in the Telethon and I am very excited to speak with Trinity alumni, sharing memories and experiences of our lovely College

 

Lu Chen 

I am currently a second year engineering student. I am a part of the Cambridge University Oriental Dance Association as well as Cambridge Go Society. I was part of the Telethon team last year, and I enjoyed talking to alumni so much that I am very happy to once again be helping the College.

 

 

Magda Cicenciala

I am a second year studying Politics and Anthropology. This year I have been a member of the RE:action, Just Love, and Cambridge University Athletic Club committees, and have also been training for the long jump. I am excited to talk to members of Trinity throughout this Telethon!

 

 

Clare Francis

I’m a third-year student reading Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS), specialising in Politics and International Relations. I’m an editor of The Cambridge Globalist, spent two years as Co-President of Trinity Politics Society, and play netball for the College. I’m looking forward to hearing about the interesting lives our alumni have led since leaving Trinity!

 

 

Farzana Haque

I am a first year Theology student. I enjoy sports and play on the Trinity Women’s Football team as well as rowing for the First and Third. I am also a Trinity Student Ambassador, helping the College widen access, and an E-Mentor with the University. I can’t wait to participate in my first Telethon and to talk to some of our alumni!

 

 

Eamonn Hoare

I’m a final year historian. Since coming to Trinity, I’ve been involved in Trinity Football and as a student representative on open days. This is my first Telethon and I’m excited to speak to alumni all over the world.

 

 

Sofia Johanson

Hi, I’m a first-year Modern and Medieval Languages student, studying Spanish and Russian. In my first couple of terms I’ve kept myself busy with College Netball, University Lacrosse and writing for Varsity. Thanks to Trinity, I have recently been awarded a Language Bursary so that I can attend a course in St Petersburg and I hope future generations will have the same opportunities as me.

 

Amber Li

I am a third year History of Art student. I currently run the College’s Gardening Society and also am a graphic designer for Notes, a University-wide creative writing publication. I am excited to connect with Trinity’s vast and varied network of alumni during the Telethon.

 

 

Rhiannon Parr

I am a first year Natural Sciences student. I am member of the Science Society and I’m passionate about Widening Access programmes so that we can share our College with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This is my first Telethon and I can’t wait to talk to alumni about their experiences at Trinity and what they’ve done since.

 

 

James Redlaff

I am a fourth year Medical student. I compete nationally as part of the University Ballroom & Latin Dance Team. I work with Trinity on Access events, and this year have founded Headucate: Cambridge, a University-wide mental health outreach initiative. This is my fourth Telethon, and I am looking forward to hearing voices old and new, and strengthening the Trinity community to which we all belong.

 

Krysia Sadzikowska

I’m a second year medic. In my free time I sing in Cambridge University Gospel Choir. I’m also involved in Trinity MedSoc and Trinity Student Ambassador Scheme, which works with the College’s Widening Participation team. I’m really excited about getting in touch with alumni over the Easter Vacation.

 

 

Charlie Solomons-Tuke

I am a Physics undergraduate hoping to start a Masters at Cambridge next year. I enjoy the technicality of my subject but I consider myself quite a creative person, and enjoy participating in anything that lets me express that. Hopefully I can bring some creative energy to this year’s Telethon and help secure some valuable funding for College programmes.

 

 

Maddy Southey

I’m a final year Law student. In my time here I have been involved with the Trinity College Students’ Union and the Trinity College Feminism Society. I have also recently taken up rowing, and currently row in the College’s second women’s boat. I’m really looking forward to participating in my first Telethon, and getting to chat to some of Trinity’s amazing alumni.

 

 

Tor Warner

I am a first year student of Natural Sciences. I have been involved in many science societies, including the Trinity College Science Society, the Chemistry Society, the Sedgwick Society, and the Cambridge University Science Policy Exchange.  I volunteer as a mathematics tutor at a local Cambridge secondary school, and often read in the Chapel. I have benefited greatly from the generous donations to bursaries, and this has opened up opportunities I would not otherwise have had, so I am eager to help raise funds to continue this tradition.

 

Filip Wronowski

I am a third year Medicine student. This is my second Telethon and I am even more excited than before. At Trinity I am involved in the Medical Society, as well as the University SciSoc. Over the past year I have seen how much the telephone campaign helped my friends, and it brings a smile to my face!

 

 

Yansheng Zhang

I am a first-year Natural Sciences student. I am a bell-ringer in the University Guild, and I play frisbee with Trinity Frisbee team. This is my first Telethon, and I am looking forward to meeting alumni from all over the world during the campaign.

 

 


Telethon FAQs

  • What is the Telethon?

The Telethon is an annual three-week long telephone fundraising campaign run by the Alumni Relations and Development Office during the Easter Vacation. It aims to raise important funds for College initiatives, as well as to connect our current students with alumni. Last year, our student callers spoke with nearly 800 alumni from all over the world.

  • What is the College raising money for?

The Telethon is raising money for the Annual Fund, including student support. In November 2019, we launched our ‘Creating Opportunities’ appeal, which had a particular focus on supporting our students through undergraduate bursaries and graduate studentships. You can hear from Trinity students who have benefited from alumni donations here, and read about the other priorities for the Annual Fund here.

  • How do I know if I will be called?

You will receive a postcard or an email around a month before calling begins. If you have received a communication from us and do not wish to be called, please email annualfund@trin.cam.ac.uk or call + 44 (0)1223 338548.

  • When and where does calling take place?

The Telethon will be taking place from 16 March to 4 April. Calling takes place at Trinity from Monday to Thursday between 18:30 and 21:30 GMT, on Saturdays between 10:00 and 17:00 GMT, and on Sundays between 15:00 and 20:00 GMT. If you live overseas we will take this into account when choosing a time to call you.

  • Are the students paid or do they volunteer?

The students are paid for their work by the College, which also provides free accommodation during the Telethon. The students’ work on the Telethon is approved by the Tutorial Office and, because they work mainly in the evenings, calling fits well around revision. The students are not paid out of the funds they raise for Trinity.

  • Are the students trained?

Yes, the students receive full training from the Annual Fund Officer directly before the start of the campaign.