Telephone Fundraising Campaign 2021
Trinity is currently preparing to run its annual Telethon. From 20 September to 3 October, 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 during a pandemic, as well as asking for support for the College.
Last year (December 2020), alumni pledged a fantastic £278,000, 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 [email protected] or call +44 (0)1223 338548.
Meet the callers
I am Michelle, a first year land economy student. During my first term at Trinity I have been involved in a campaign celebrating Black History Month, the Trinity Ambassador Programme and the Netball Society. I can’t wait to hear about the experiences and careers of alumni!
I’m Elianna and in my second-year reading History and Politics. I’m the Environmental Officer for the Trinity College Students Union and involved in the Trinity Ambassador Programme run by the College’s Access and Outreach Team. I enjoy rowing with First and Third and playing football for the College women’s team. I am looking forward to talking to the alumni of this incredible college.
I’m Justin, a third year Medicine student. I have been involved with College football and hockey as well as University culture and fashion societies. I will be president of Trinity Medical Society next year. I am very excited to meet alumni from all over the world.
I’m Ishika, an engineering student going into my second year. Since arriving at university, I have attended art classes in College, been an illustrator for a student magazine, and been elected as Vice President of Trinity College Engineering Society. I’m greatly looking forward to connecting with alumni and hearing about their experiences during my first Telethon!
I’m Mia and I’m a fourth year Modern and Medieval Languages student, where I specialise in French and Spanish, and I have just returned from my year abroad. I am proud to be a Trinity ambassador, and in my second year I was the ‘Pink Week’ College rep. I am really excited to speak to alumni about the College and their experiences.
I’m Tayla, a psychology student going into my second year. So far in my time at Trinity I have joined the University dance competition team and became the TCSU’s LGBT+ officer. I’m very much looking forward to talking to alumni about their experiences during and after Cambridge.
I’m Pratyush, a second year Physics Natural Scientist. I enjoy playing for the College Cricket Club and I am a member of the College’s Science Society, one of the events of which was an excellent guided tour of Newton’s original books! I’m excited to speak to Trinity alumni and hear their different career stories.
I’m Saksham, a second year studying biological natural sciences. To date, I’ve been involved with the Trinity College Science Society, the First and Third Boat Club and College cricket among other societies. I’m super excited to hear from alumni about how their experiences in life have been shaped by their time at Trinity.
I’m Owain, a third-year law student at Trinity. I’m captain of the rugby team, a member of the Union and partake in mooting. I am excited to talk to alumni about the Field Club and bursaries.
I am Eve and I am a third-year law student. I try to get involved in as much as possible at Trinity but the most exciting thing to date has been taking on the role of Access Officer for the Student Union. This is my first telethon and I absolutely love speaking to new people, so I am very excited to connect with alumni all over the world!
I’m Isaac, a second-year mathematician. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Trinity so far and since arriving have taken part in many of the sports on offer including both tennis and rowing. When catching a break from work I can often be found honing my punting skills or practicing the piano. I’m looking forward to talking with alumni and hearing about their experiences.
I’m Isabella and I’m a fourth year History and Management Studies student at Trinity. At Trinity, I’ve been involved in netball, FemSoc, TCSU and will be on the May Ball Committee next year. I’m really looking forward to speaking to alumni and fundraising for Trinity.
Hello! My name is Ayesha and I’m a second year History and Philosophy of Science student at Trinity. I’m the current BME Officer for Trinity’s Student Union and have just started rowing and playing badminton. I look forward to hearing about the huge variety of careers our alumni have chosen after their degrees!
I’m Evie and I am a second year HSPS student. At Trinity I have so far been involved in the Cambridge Union, Trinity Politics Society and Trinity FemSoc and worked on the Trinity mentor programme. I am really looking forward to speaking to a wide range of Trinity alumni.
I’m Isabella and I am a first-year medical student. Since coming to Trinity, I have established Trinity Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) Action Group with the help of Dame Sally Davies. I also volunteer as a mentor for disadvantaged students applying to Oxbridge. I am so excited to talk to Trinity’s amazing alumni.
• What is the Telethon?
The Telethon is an annual three-week long telephone fundraising campaign run by the Alumni Relations and Development Office, which usually takes place 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 over 400 alumni from all over the world.
• Will the Telethon be COVID safe?
Student and staff safety is incredibly important to us. We will be making every effort to ensure that the Telethon is COVID safe, and we will be following government and College regulations at all times.
• 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 before calling begins. If you have received a communication from us and do not wish to be called, please email [email protected] or call + 44 (0)1223 338548.
• When and where does calling take place?
The Telethon will be taking place from 20 September -3 October. 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.