GCU student Rhiannon volunteers at wildlife orphanage

19 May 2015

Rhiannon Walsh with Dr Sally Magnusson

Rhiannon Walsh with Dr Sally Magnusson

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Rhiannon Walsh, from County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland, will travel to Zimbabwe this summer to make a film about volunteering at a wildlife orphanage.

Rhiannon, a BA (Hons) Media and Communication student in Glasgow School for Business and Society, is making the journey with the support of a Magnusson Award.

The project will allow Rhiannon to share an insight into the world of the hundreds of volunteers who visit Zimbabwe to take part in projects like the African Conservation Exchange. Acting as both an educational tool on the positive efforts being made with veterinary work, rehabilitation and wildlife surveys for the betterment of animals, the documentary will highlight the atrocities by poachers and raise awareness of this problem.

“I will be jetting off to Zimbabwe to help care for orphaned animals, recording my experience for an informative documentary. I encourage anyone with an idea that helps the development of themselves or others to apply for a Magnusson Award because you never know, you could be living your dream next summer too,” said Rhiannon.

Magnusson Awards are presented annually in honour of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE, to recognise his passion for learning and knowledge, his contribution to Scottish education and, in particular, his dedication to GCU.

Journalist and broadcaster Dr Sally Magnusson, Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship and an Honorary Graduate of GCU, presented Rhiannon with the award at a ceremony held in the University.

Rhiannon is one of eight students who were presented with a Magnusson Award, which will support them to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference. They are involved in projects including volunteering in a centre for the rehabilitation of malnourished children in Ghana, and addressing environmental problems at both global and regional levels during a six-month internship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).