Trinity is currently preparing to run its annual Telethon. From 7 to 20 December 2020, 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 (Easter 2019), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1223 338548.
Meet the callers
I’m Rebekah, a third year chemist. I am involved in TCCU (Christian Union) and love to attend Chapel to hear our amazing choir (when I’m not singing at Emmanuel)! This is my first Telethon and I am really looking forward to talking to alumni, whose generous donations have helped me in the past and continue to support me now.
Hi, I’m Kajetan and I am a second year economics student from Germany. I have been involved with the Marshall Society, and have enjoyed rowing and recently discovered a passion for lacrosse through the Trinity Field Club. This is my first Telethon and I am excited to talk to alumni from all over the world.
Hello! I’m Elizabeth and I am a second year MML student reading Spanish and French. During my time at Trinity, I have been appointed captain of the College Netball Club, and have 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 across the world, sharing memories and experiences of our lovely college!
I’m Krysia and I’m a third year medic. In my free time I sing in Cambridge University Gospel Choir. I’m also involved in Trinity MedSoc and the Trinity Ambassador Scheme. I’m really excited about getting in touch with alumni.
I’m Savannah and I’m a fourth year engineering student. Ever since starting at Trinity I’ve been a keen member of the First and Third Boat Club and this year I’m captain of the rowing club. I’m really excited to chat to alumni from various backgrounds and hear about their experiences.
I’m James, a fifth year medical student. In my time at Trinity, I’ve competed nationally with the University Ballroom & Latin Team, attended international conferences, and set up ‘Headucate: University of Cambridge’, a mental health outreach society. This is my fourth Telethon, and I can’t wait to get back in touch with the College’s eclectic mix of alumni!
I’m George and I’m a first year studying history. I’m a Student Ambassador, and have joined the Cambridge Union, CLIO (the University’s history society) and FemSoc. This is my first telethon; I’m excited to find out more about what graduates do after Trinity and their different experiences of studying at Cambridge.
Hello! I am Daniel and I am a first year studying physical natural science. I am Malaysian but lived in the US for four years. I am involved in the First and Third rowing club, Trinity College Science Society, and the CU Malaysian Society. I can’t wait to meet alumni and hear their different stories!
I’m Ishbel and I am a third year archaeology student. This year I am TCSU’s LGBT+ Welfare Officer, and outside of College I am involved with the Fitzwilliam Museum Society and the Archaeological Field Club. This is my first Telethon and I’m incredibly excited to help Trinity fundraise in this difficult time.
I am Sylvia, a third year medical student. In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton at both College and University level. I am looking forward to chatting to Trinity alumni and learning about where life has taken them.
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!
• 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 nearly 800 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 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@example.com or call + 44 (0)1223 338548.
• When and where does calling take place?
The Telethon will be taking place from 7 to 20 December. 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 their studies. 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.
Trinity is currently preparing to run its annual Telethon. From March 19 to April 6, 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 to support the College.
The Telethon is a fantastic opportunity for current students to connect directly with alumni and to learn about what life could hold after their time at Trinity. Many of our previous student callers have commented on how valuable this has been when planning for the future and for making the most of their time at Trinity.
“I’m really excited to get in touch with Trinity alumni to find out about life in College before my time, and what they have gone on to achieve!” Mina Frost (2016)
The Telethon also generates invaluable support for the College. Last year alumni pledged a fantastic £280,000, meaning that Trinity is able to provide more funding for students, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Telethon
Trinity’s Telethon ran from 18 March to 9 April, and was driven by a group of 16 enthusiastic students.
Over the course of the Telethon, they spoke with 849 alumni in every corner of the world. In addition to reconnecting members with the College and talking about life at Trinity, nearly 60% of those with whom they spoke chose to make a gift. Overall, the Telethon raised £460,207 in support of our Annual Fund.
“I want to say how much I enjoyed my conversation with James. I am unsure how we launched our conversation (was I really chatting with a Trinity student in the UK?) but I can say without equivocation that it was a most enjoyable conversation which ranged across many subjects an, while I probably talked too much about my life as a lawyer in Canada, it did remind me of the exemplary year I spent at Trinity, now some 47 years ago.” Mr John W Craig (1969).
One of the student callers, James Redlaff (2016), said:
“One of my favourite moments on the telethon was calling an Italian Professor – he picked up, I asked “Hello, may I speak to Professor Ranchetti?” to which he replied “Si, it’s-a me, Fabio!” (Reference to “it’s-a me, Mario!”, and he did it in exactly the same voice as Mario)! We hit it off straight away; I thought we’d only been chatting for maybe 20 minutes – checked the timer: Over an hour! This was at the start of the campaign when things were going more slowly for me, and so was really the first thing that sparked my slightly competitive enthusiasm for the rest of the campaign!”.