More than 30 staff members, students and graduates took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk yesterday (Sunday, April 28), raising over £9,000 for the University's Common Good Fund.
The team's efforts were rewarded with almost 300 generous donations to the Common Good Fund, which offers a variety of support for our talented students, including scholarships, travel awards, awards for clubs and societies, as well as enhancing the University's award-winning outreach activity.
This could not have been achieved without the support of colleagues around the University who walked or supported the team in other ways.
To thank those backing the appeal, the Foundation secured prizes. Stuart Martin, Student Communications & Events Officer, won top fundraiser and Caledonian Club Manager Nathan Tagg won an award for raising the next highest amount, as well as the best-dressed award.
Jillian Watt, Director of the GCU Foundation, said: "It was great to be part of such a fantastic event, where over 13,000 people walked six, 15 or 23 miles to show their support and raise vital funds for causes close to their heart. We are extremely grateful that so many people got behind our campaign, helping to raise awareness that education really can change lives, as well as an incredible £9,000."
In the lead up to the day, social media coverage of the GCU Foundation's work saw some of the highest impressions this year, helping to raise awareness about the different ways in which the Foundation supports and enhances the lives of students at GCU, regardless of their backgrounds.
Professor James Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy), said "This new approach to raising funds to support the life-changing opportunities we offer to our students has been a great success. The amount raised is the equivalent of offering up to 20 travel scholarships, ensuring we continue to broaden the horizons of students from across the campus, or over seven widening-access scholarships. A huge well done to everyone involved in the planning and those who took part."