Emilia’s London marathon dream

By Nathan Rodrigues

A London Marathon dream requiring endless fundraising motivates one DMU student.

Emilia Mellow, 23, who is currently studying criminology, is planning to organise a few more activities and events to gain the necessary funds she needs to run the marathon.

She had already set up a stall for two days this week, which was selling cakes and jewellery, with some money going towards the Leicester Animal Aid organisation.

However, Emilia is keen to participate in the London Marathon, and is considering other activities and events, including a bucket filling collection at Tesco and a pub quiz in order to make her dreams finally come true.

She said: “I really want to run the London Marathon, but you have to reach a certain level and raise around £800 to get a place, so I will try and see if I can do it.”

Emilia has run a half marathon before, but she is trying to push herself to take part in a full marathon and is feeling optimistic about her chances, after revealing that she feels her recent work has given her the platform to reach her target.

She has been actively involved in charity and fundraising in various ways, including her leading role in the DMU Guide Dogs Society, and organising other charity events to support the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Emilia feels that the reasons behind her recent charity work lie in her genuine interest towards smaller animal charities, so that such events and activities can raise extra awareness of the work that these organisations do.

She said: “I usually pick smaller, lower key charities because they tend to need more help and hopefully my work might be useful.”

Her work and commitment to raising money for causes has not gone unnoticed though.

She has been awarded a certificate by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which acknowledged Emilia’s invaluable contribution towards their organisation, and is something, which she says she is very proud of.

Hindu Society students toast charity without alcohol

By Andrew Clark

Hindu Student Society members are planning to have a wild time on Saturday night, but will be getting drunk on fun rather than alcohol.

Keshme Shah, 20 (left) and Anuksha Shah, 21 (right)

Keshme Shah, 20 (left) and Anuksha Shah, 21 (right)

Partygoers at the Naina event will be made to feel at home in The Empire on Belgrave Gate, where organisers hope to raise money for the homeless.

Anuksha Shah, the President of the DMU Hindu Society, said: “Our first charity is Action Homeless in Leicester. We also support the Divya Sewa Foundation, which helps girls from under privileged Indian families afford an education.

“Whatever profit we make will be split between the two charities.”

The starting price for the event is £30 for non-members of the NHSF and £27 for members, but the organisers have warned that those requesting alcohol will be mocked.

Anuksha said: “The price includes entrance and a full three-course meal, but as we are a Hindu society we don’t promote alcohol at any of our events, although we do offer non-alcoholic mocktails.”

However, the event will allow attendees to get high on excitement through performances from a star of urban music.

Keshme Shah, the entertainment director of Naina, said: “Our headline act is Juggy D who is a major Punjabi urban DJ and singer.”

While boozing may be out of style, the event has been dressed up with many attractions other than Juggy D.

Keshme said: “We’ve also got a fashion show, which students have choreographed and organised.

“We’re contributing with our Asian outfits to show our culture in a way that people understand.”

The 300 people who will be lucky enough to dip into this experience may also have a chance to take home more than just great memories.

Keshme said: “We will be selling raffle tickets and there will be lots of prizes to be won.”

Tickets are still available for the event, which runs from 6.30pm until late. For details contact Anuksha Shah on 07838 952081.

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