Scholars to take part in Day of Service

  • October 29, 2014
Scholars to take part in Day of Service

Gates Cambridge Scholars will take part in their first large-scale Day of Service on 8 November as they join forces with various local or online service initatives.

Gates Cambridge Scholars will take part in their first large-scale Day of Service on 8 November as they join forces with various local or online service initatives.

About 80 Scholars will participate in a range of activities organised by the Gates Cambridge Scholars’ Council, from gardening and painting at the Wood Green Animal Shelter, spring cleaning at Wintercomfort for the Homeless, playing games and painting with Cambridge children (facilitated by Bounce! and Student Community Action) and assisting with the collection/classification of data for large-scale citizen science or humanities research projects, such as Planet Hunters (Astronomy) and Cell Slider (Oncology).

Scholars will be recognisable by the Gates Cambridge t-shirts they will wear as part of the Day. The Day will culminate in an “Open Gates” Dinner at the Cambridge Unitarian Church Hall to raise funds for Oxfam, ahead of the Inaugural Annual Lecture by Dame Barbara Stocking, former head of Oxfam GB, on November 11.

Catherine Gascoigne [2013], Community Officer on the Gates Cambridge Scholars Council, said: “The aim of the Day of Service is to engage respectfully with the wider Cambridge community in a manner that demonstrates Scholars’ commitment to the central mission of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship – namely, improving the lives of others.”

While Scholars have, for the last several years, engaged in smaller, one-off community engagement days, it is anticipated that the positive response to the inaugural Day of Service will make it an annual fixture on the Scholar calendar.

Activity descriptions and times are at http://bit.ly/1nm4Je2 and the sign-up for Scholars is here. The Day of Service will be tweeted at: #opengates2014.

Latest News

Bridging the public health data gap

When Anwesha Lahiri  [2021] was doing her master’s fieldwork in India, she visited a tribal village in a remote area on top of a mountain between two districts. Only around 500 people lived there and there was no proper road leading to the village. At the heart of the problem was the dangerous ascent needed […]

Tracing the origins of our political beliefs

What makes some people more vulnerable to extremism than others? How do we build cognitive resilience against extreme ideologies? And how does the brain react to misinformation on social media? These are some of the key political questions that political neuroscientist Leor Zmigrod [2016] is exploring, putting the science into our understanding of radicalisation.   Leor […]

A leading woman in STEAM

A Gates Cambridge Scholar has been selected as one of the 75 leading women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in India. Yama Dixit will feature in the second edition of the book She Is, published by the Red Dot Foundation in partnership with the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India to mark 75 […]

Tackling the obesity epidemic in Africa

When she left school, Paula-Peace James-Okoro [2022] intended to become a medical doctor, but after starting a degree in Biochemistry she discovered a passion for the subject and for using it to address one of the major health challenges facing Africa – obesity. She says: “In Africa, the rates of metabolic diseases, like obesity and […]