“Thank you! Hi there Sam, I just want to say thank you for your support for the students of the University of Auckland. You are changing someone’s life today, so don’t forget to treat yourself. You are AMAZING!!
“Dear Josh, I feel so blessed to have talked to someone so generous as you. Thank you for helping out – you’re definitely changing a student’s life! Thank you.”
Hi Susan, thank you so much for your contribution to the refugee scholarship support fund. You’re going to make a huge difference in their lives. Thank you for all your advice as well, it is truly going to come in handy.”
These are the personal messages of thanks our telephone appeal fundraisers write to the generous alumni who make a donation to help students less fortunate than themselves.
Weeknights and weekends through April to May, the student callers pick up, dial and start talking with someone they’ve never met. They say it can be a difficult job at times, but that securing a generous gift towards a scholarship makes it enjoyable and worthwhile. If that someone was you on the other end of the line, very, very special thanks.
YOU ARE AMAZING! Your support to help out students like me is something I truly appreciate and am thankful for. On behalf of all the Student Fundraising Representatives, I would like to thank you and also share with you how you have made our job enjoyable and worthwhile.
I have been a Student Fundraising Representative for two phone appeals now, and I have to say, talking to alumni like you has definitely been a major highlight.
As a caller, there have definitely been some rough times when I was not able to raise as much as I wanted, or not even raise anything at all by the end of my shift. Not all alumni have been like you; sometimes I got really hard phone calls. However, every time someone makes a gift, it really makes me forget about those hard times especially because I personally know how even a single scholarship can affect more than one person’s life.
My dad was a scholarship recipient himself. He was the first in his family to be able to go to university. Although he did not attend the University of Auckland, he was able to receive a scholarship, thanks to the support of people like you. A scholarship really goes a long way because with his degree, he was able to provide for his family and pay for his sister’s tuition. My aunt is now working as an architect overseas, providing for her own family. Meanwhile, for my siblings and me, we grew up knowing the importance of education, and knowing what Dad has been able to achieve with his degree has always made us strive to do our best with our studies too.
From my time as a caller, I have truly enjoyed hearing from you, especially about the things that you have been able to accomplish after graduating. Your stories have all been really interesting. No matter what you end up doing, even though it might even be completely unrelated to your degree, it has really been great to hear how you have still been able to use the skills and knowledge you have developed at university and still be really thankful for your degree. Personally, your stories have constantly impressed upon me how education is a privilege and has made me appreciate my own education even more.
And so, indirectly, I do owe my current drive to study and achieve great things to people like you. But really, the kindness and generosity of people like you have also made me want to give back, and this is one of the reasons why I chose to apply for this job in the first place. I know my colleagues have their own reasons for applying too, whether through being scholarship recipients themselves, to develop skills, or even just to earn extra income. However, whatever the case is, I am sure we all agree that no matter how difficult the job can be at times, knowing that we can help other students realise their potential and pursue their dreams makes being a fundraising representative an even more worthwhile job.
But of course, our job would definitely not be as rewarding without your support. We really have enjoyed talking to you and we thank you so, so much for going the extra mile for students like us.
You really are impacting many people’s lives in many positive ways that it feels like simply saying ‘thank you’ is not enough, so here’s an extra something (which I hope you don’t mind): a hug from me to you…＼(^_^)／
Beatriz de la Cruz