Charities helped by students' outstanding community work

10 October 2013

Ten UCL students were able to help a charity of their choice after receiving a 1-UCL Award for their own non-academic community achievements.

The 1-UCL Awards, supported by Santander Universities, aim to foster the notion of UCL as a community. They also aim to highlight and reward outstanding achievement or endeavour by current UCL students in a non–academic field.

Emanuele Militello (BASc Arts and Sciences) donated money to Wendy Gough Cancer Awareness

"I was nominated by the UCL Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) for running a schools programme out of the UCLU Model United Nations society where we go into local disadvantaged schools and teach pupils on a range of international issues. Only recently we had a conference at UCL where over sixty students attended.

"I donated the £1,000 to the Wendy Gough Cancer Awareness charity. The lady managing the charity ran a cancer talk about four years ago at my secondary school, the information she gave us helped me find my cancer early. Her charity focuses on raising the awareness of cancer amongst young people and I wanted to help her achieve those aims with the donation.

"It was very satisfying being recognised for my volunteering work, it has occupied two years of my life and at times taken up more time than my own studies so it was really nice to have that being recognised."

Sam Lansdale (BSc Natural Sciences) donated money to Chickenshed

"I was nominated for the award primarily for my voluntary project called The Big One which involved putting on a musical theatre production of Hairspray with the new UCL Academy and Regent High School and other associated events run as part of this project. For example, I organised for over 400 students and staff from both schools to come to a special matinee performance of a production called How to Succeed in Business, which I produced in the Bloomsbury Theatre as part of the UCLU Musical Theatre Society.

"I donated the £1,000 to Chickenshed, an inclusive theatre group based in North London. They are a registered charity and they create theatre for all ages and run successful outreach projects and education courses. They change young lives by bringing together young people from all social and economic backgrounds, races and abilities in order to put on fantastic productions.

"I am delighted to have been recognised for my hard work in musical theatre particularly as we were genuinely trying to engage the community with UCL rather than just focus our efforts internally on our own shows. Hopefully the award will inspire other people to push the traditional boundaries and set up innovative projects like The Big One to help the student body at UCL make a difference in the community."

Alisha Allana (Medicine) donated money to Medecins Sans Frontieres

"My initial involvement with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the independent humanitarian medical aid organisation, began with being part of the UCLU society in my first year, after which I was elected onto the national committee. During the last few years, I have worked not only to raise money for MSF’s work around the world, but perhaps more importantly, in order to increase awareness of the importance of speaking out against injustice, and campaigning against issues such as the lack of access to essential medication. As the event co-ordinator of the Friends of MSF Charity Run this year, these two crucial aspects were combined, with an overall total of over £10,000 raised, and the profile of the organisation broadened to all over the UK and Ireland.

"It was only natural for me to donate the money towards MSF, enabling them to further their invaluable work around the world. On receiving the award, I was genuinely shocked, as I had no idea that such an award even existed! It has been a privilege to become so involved with the organisation, and I feel truly honoured that my work with them has been recognised."

Yat Sun Walton Li (BSc Geography) donated the money to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

"I was nominated because I have launched a volunteering dance project called 'Dance it!' to help promote dancing at two London secondary schools.

"I am a green person and having been working for World Wide Fund for Nature last summer, I believe that WWF is a trustworthy organisation that shares my belief - 'Humans should live in harmony with the nature'. That is why I donate the £1,000 I received from Santander to WWF.

"I never expected to be awarded simply for doing something I enjoy - dance."

The full list of winners is listed below:

Alisha Allana
Sam Lansdale
Alexander Daish
Iheanyichukwu Uzoma
Emanuele Militello
Yat Sun Walton Li
Jamil Sanaullah
Michelle Lang
Harry Bulstrode