DMU business students set to take part in mass city clean up

By Adam Dutton

De Montfort University business students are planning a mass clean up exercise around Leicester city centre.

The exercise has been jointly organised with Leicester City Council and will be the largest mass volunteering opportunity organised by De Montfort University (DMU).

The cleaning event aims to include up to 800 DMU students, split into 26 different groups.  As well as the city clean, the students will be taking part in a clean-up around 24 different libraries and community centres.

Mark Clayton, research and impacts project officer at DMU, said: “This event is aimed at giving up to 800 students a meaningful volunteering experience within the community on just the one day.

“We have teamed up with Leicester City Council and will be providing 43 different activities right across the city of Leicester.”

DMU has also partnered with the transport company Arriva. Eve Ginever, PR manager at Arriva said: “We’re incredibly proud of the role we play in communities across Leicester, so it is a honour to be able to pledge our support to such a fantastic initiative which we believe will really benefit the people living within those very same communities.”

Mark added: “It will be good for the students to be out in the community and they will be doing good within that community.

“All students will be wearing branded DMU Square Mile T-shirts and travelling on public transport giving a huge visible presence of DMU’s commitment to the public good on the day.”

As well as the initial clean, the group of students will be setting up a Meet Your Neighbour event at 15 community centres around Leicester and a survey of the public opinion in those areas.

The event will start on Friday 1st March at 10am with a meeting outside DMU’s Vijay Patel building.

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