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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Action for A-T charity event

Our Professional Diploma students have recently executed a fantastic charity event in aid of Action for A-T.
One of the modules in their programme is events management, and there is no better way to learn this than to do it practically.

Action for A-T is a fantastic charity which Quest Professional has worked with for a number of years. The charities aim is to find a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T). The following passage is taken directly from the Action for A-T website and explains what problems this terrible disease causes:
A-T (Ataxia Telangiectasia) is a rare, genetic degenerative disease of childhood, which affects multiple systems of the human body. In people affected with A-T, a gene called ATM is mutated. The ATM gene contains the instructions for the production of the ATM protein. Thus, in A-T patients, the ATM protein is usually not produced at all, or is severely defective. The ATM protein controls many important functions in cells. A major function of ATM is orchestrating the complex response to specific types of damage inflicted on the DNA particularly by ionising radiation. Maintenance of DNA stability and integrity is critical for normal cellular life and therefore, cells devoid of ATM lack this vital defence mechanism. The nervous, immune and reproductive systems are particularly sensitive to the loss of ATM function.

Our students worked tirelessly over 9 months and managed to raise a staggering £19,000 for the charity. The event they organised was 'Cirque' themed and involved an array of entertainment from acrobats to a silent auction. Below are some pictures from the event....

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