GCU celebrates Commonwealth Day

10 March 2014

Professor Gillies and Councillor Archie Graham at GCUs Tree of Wishes

Professor Gillies and Councillor Archie Graham at GCUs Tree of Wishes

GCU welcomed Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, students, staff and pupils from Glasgow primary schools to its Commonwealth Day showcase in the Saltire Centre.

The event was held to highlight engagement work being carried out across the University and by the charity Mary’s Meals.

Councillor Graham and Principal Professor Pamela Gillies CBE were first to hang their Commonwealth messages on GCU’s Tree of Wishes before meeting students and staff who are engaging with the 2014 Games in an academic, community engagement and professional capacity.

The event also provided the launch pad for the reCYCLE initiative. The project is  endorsed with the Commonwealth Games Legacy logo in recognition of its contribution to the principles which underpin the Glasgow 2014 Legacy Framework, which include sustainability, health and inclusion.

The project has been established with SiMY Community Development organisation, which is based in the Townhead area of Glasgow. SiMY works alongside young people and their families to help them achieve their hopes and ambitions for themselves and their community.

One of its aims is to support learning and experience through outdoor activity, for example thorough its Saddle Soar mountain biking club which promotes an active lifestyle to its young members and encourages increased independence. SiMY also encourages cycling as an affordable way to travel outwith the local area for job or training opportunities.

To donate a bicycle to the reCYCLE initiative, please visit www.gcu.ac.uk/recycle.