Students roll their sleeves up for International Volunteer Day



A group of Saudi Arabian students at Heriot-Watt University braved wintry conditions this week to help spruce-up the loch at Edinburgh Campus. 

The team spent hours tidying ground and planting vegetation around the university’s picturesque loch as part of International Volunteer Day. The effort was sponsored by the King Salman Youth Center - a non-profit charity based in Saudi Arabia that supports young people.

Ann Marie Dalton-Pillay, Secretary of the University, said: “It is the season of goodwill and this was an excellent example of that. I was delighted to join our students on Tuesday and thank them on behalf of the University, as they gave up their free time to clean our loch on such a chilly day!” 

International Volunteer Day is a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to work together for the betterment of local communities. 

Nawaf Mirza, one of the students who took part in the event, said “The purpose of this initiative is to show that students from Saudi Arabia, who are studying abroad, care about their local community and environment.”