University of Otago medical student and founder of the 100Percent charity Crystal Diong (22) offers piano tutoring and then donates the fees to charity. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A University of Otago student has helped raise $28,000 after
coming up with an ingenious way to help charities by taking
advantage of student brainpower.
Medical student and founder of charity 100Percent Crystal
Diong's idea involved students offering their services as
tutors and then giving the proceeds to charity.
She came up with the idea three years ago after using more
traditional fundraising methods, like the old-fashioned
''I wanted to come up with something that was a more
efficient use of my time,'' Ms Diong said.
It started with her and a few of her medical school
classmates but has now expanded to include about 90 students
around New Zealand and a website (www.100percent.org.nz) where
people - including secondary school pupils - can hire their
The charity has raised about $28,000 for World Vision causes.
After previously tutoring science, Ms Diong is now teaching
piano; topics taught by other students range from languages
Other types of services which could be offering include
building and gardening.