Two GCU staff members to carry the Queens Baton

10 July 2014

Noreen was nominated to carry the baton in recognition of her fundraising achievements.

Noreen was nominated to carry the baton in recognition of her fundraising achievements.

Two staff members from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have been chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton in the run up to the XX Commonwealth Games.

Senior Lecturer Dr Noreen Siddiqui will carry the baton in Newton Mearns on Wednesday, July 16, and Schools Coordinator Rachel Hyslop will do the honours in Kilbarchan the following day.

Noreen, Glasgow School for Business and Society, was nominated to take part in recognition of her fundraising achievements. The mother of two has raised more than £200,000 for Anthony Nolan – a charity that helps to save the lives of people with blood cancer.

Noreen’s nine-year-old daughter Ayesha has been fighting a rare form of leukemia since 2011. Following her diagnosis, Noreen and her family launched a campaign, Ayesha’s Appeal, to raise money for Anthony Nolan and encourage people to join the bone marrow donor register.

“My friend didn’t tell me she’d nominated me, so it was complete surprise when I received an email from the Games organisers,” said Noreen.

“All my family and friends are coming along to cheer me on and I’ll be carrying the baton just around the corner from where I live so it will be really special. 

“Ayesha and my six-year-old son Saif have been learning about the Commonwealth Games at school and they are really excited about seeing it come to life. It will be wonderful for them to experience the Games and watch the Commonwealth member countries come together.”

Rachel works in GCU’s Schools and Colleges Engagement and Transition Team (SCETT). She was nominated by Dell, the multinational computer technology company, to fill one of the twelve spaces they were allocated as an official Commonwealth Games supporter.

Rachel has worked closely with Dell for several years on GCU’s S6 Professor’s Challenge project, one of the many initiatives undertaken by SCETT as part of the University’s commitment to the common good and to widening access to higher education.

Rachel said: “I feel privileged to be nominated by Dell for the community partnership work I carry out on behalf of GCU.

“I am a champion of the University’s social mission and widening participation agenda, so to be recognised for the part I play in this is a real honour.

“Like most Glaswegians, I’m really excited to be involved in Glasgow 2014 and hope that the Games leave a sporting, business and community legacy for our city.”


GCU and Glasgow 2014

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