A good day for uni students
Brunel and college hit milestone anniversaries
BRUNEL University’s annual Good Deed Day saw close to 150 students lending a helping hand in the community and entertaining Uxbridge shoppers last week. The theme was ‘50 good deeds’ to mark the university’s 50th anniversary.
BRUNEL students descended en masse at Uxbridge town centre to lend a helping hand.
A total of 145 students from the university and from Uxbridge College took part in the third annual Good Deed Day, on February 9.
The theme for 2016 was ‘50 good deeds in the local community’ to coincide with the 50th anniversary this year of Brunel and the college.
Exactly 50 ‘good deed’ activities were on offer throughout the day and included free tea, coffee and cakes, healthy heart and wellbeing checks, an exercise class and board games.
There was also a ‘digi drop in’ at Uxbridge Library, lunch served at Dovetail Community Outreach, activities at Whitehall Junior School, bag packing in local supermarkets, litter picking, face painting and fundraising for the Mayor of Hillingdon’s charities.
Professor Dany Nobus, pro-vice-chancellor for external affairs, said: “The annual Good Deeds Day is a terrific way for us to show how much we appreciate the people of Hillingdon, and since it’s also our 50th anniversary this year we will do whatever we can to ensure that the local community can share in our celebratory spirit.”
Events such as Good Deed Day are extremely important to the university as it helps to promote and encourage student volunteering in Hillingdon, raise awareness of the positive impact that students have in the local community and develop important community relationships.
This event was organised by Brunel University, Uxbridge College, The Pavilions, and Uxbridge Forward.
n HELPING IS AT HAND: Brunel students Mehaq Tariq and Rafituz Zaman
n VOLUNTEERS: Left, Tharsika Prabakaran, Nomthandazo Maposa and Aarthi Srinivasan. Above, Hareem Naqui and Lucy Hawkes help out in the Pavilions. Above right, the mayor and mayoress of Hillingdon enjoy the day. Top left, students gave dance performances to kick off Good Deed Day
n TOWER OF STRENGTH: Volunteers Olivia Curtis and Caoimhe Dunne. Below, students give manicures to visitors on the day