A good day for uni stu­dents

Brunel and col­lege hit mile­stone an­niver­saries

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

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

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