27 September 2023

Hospitality students finally get a party

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Students studying hospitality and event management at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have hosted their first face-to-face events since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic months ago, raising over $15,000 for local charities in the process.

Four charity events have been run by the CIT students, including the Canberra Wine Appreciation Dinner for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance; Oktoberfest for Canteen; A Day at the Races for Pegasus; and the Bloom health and wellness event for Qendo.

Teacher of Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism at the CIT, Candace Safi congratulated her students who she said adjusted well to the changed environment of event management.

“These were the first face-to-face events we were able to host since this time last year, so it is very exciting,” Ms Safi said.

“Our students had to adhere to COVID restrictions in place by the Department of Health and also venue COVID Safety Plans which vary slightly depending on the venue,” she said.

These changes mean reduced venue capacities, different room layouts and different food service procedures.

Ms Safi said her students embraced the challenges COVID presented, including reduced venue capacities, changes to room layouts and food service.

“Our students will walk away with many new skills and a sense of pride after completing their event,” she said.

Event Management student Olivia Smith organised ‘Bloom’, a health and wellness event with yoga and aromatherapy sessions, and a tasty brunch with mocktails.

“We raised money for Qendo, a charity that supports people affected by endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, and other pelvic pain related problems.”

“I’ve really enjoyed learning about seeking sponsorship for our event, and the challenge that came with starting with no budget,” Ms Smith said.

I’ve learnt there are so many supportive and generous businesses around Canberra willing to help.”

She said the support she received from CIT teachers was amazing.

“Teachers give us the tools we need to be able to plan the event and then trust us to take the next step,” she said.

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