For the past few weeks, business students at Robertson College have been taking a project management course. We were tasked with planning and performing a project that would benefit a charity. Our group, dedicated to the well-being of our animal companions, decided to raise funds and collect food donations for the Winnipeg Humane Society.
The Winnipeg Humane Society was founded in 1894 and is the oldest animal shelter and welfare organisation in Manitoba. Their mission is to protect animals from suffering and promote their welfare and dignity.
Our group chose to run a raffle lottery to raise money, as well as set up a box where students could drop off their pet food donations. Our project manager, Dianne Sauvlet, was also able to set up a donation bin at her son’s school, Ecole Provencher.
The prizes for the raffle draw were two $20 gift cards for Kawaii Crepe, received as a donation. Our goal for the drive was to raise $75 and collect at least 20 food items. Raffle tickets were either sold for a dollar each, or awarded in return for a food donation. We sold the tickets from June 13th to the drawing date, June 15th.
In that time, we managed to sell 103 tickets, raising $103 dollars. We also received $7 in cash donations, and 16 pet food items. Our total donations were $110 and 16 pet food items, exceeding our cash goal! With the money that we raised, the Humane Society will be able to provide the animals with one cat spay/neuter, one heartworm test, and three vaccinations.
The project was a success thanks to the good work of all team members. We were able to help out a local charity, and gain real-world project experience. Our team found we worked well together and avoided running into large problems because of good communication and problem-solving skills.