24th October 2005




Two students from the University of Lincoln are lending their support to a national campaign aimed at getting more people to volunteer their time.

The Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Make a Difference Day, which is supported by Barclays Community Investment Programme, is the UK’s biggest day of volunteering and takes place during the two weeks either side of Saturday 29 October.

On Thursday 27th October Journalism student Serina Yamazaki will be offering to write people’s names in Japanese for £1 and running a Halloween Film Night to raise money for Save the Children. Meanwhile Masters student Faisal Hamze is helping the UK Committee for UNICEF set up and run a University of Lincoln students club.

Serina, who is a member of the university’s community volunteer service said: “Last year I organised a Japanese evening as part of Student Volunteer Week which was very popular. This year I’ve decide to do something similar for CSV Make a Difference Day. Volunteering allows me to share my culture with people in Lincoln whilst raising money for a very worthy cause at the same time.”

This year is the 10th anniversary of Make a Difference Day and nearly 100,000 people across the UK are expected to take part in more than 5,000 volunteering activities.

CSV Make a Difference Day involves a commitment of just one day and is a great way to get a taste for volunteering,” says Anna Gilmour, CSV Make a Difference Day Campaign Coordinator. It is also a very sociable event with a chance to meet new people and have some fun.

Serina and Faisal will be setting up in the main atrium building on Thursday between 11am and 2pm. The Halloween Film Night will get underway at 6.30pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre with a showing of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ followed by ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ at 8pm. The minimum donation is 99p and all proceeds will go towards Save the Children.

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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