Volunteers all set to take the plunge for charity
The event, which will see over 60 students team up with members of staff from the University's International Office and abseil nearly 100ft down the building, will take place on Sunday 11 May supported by Bewley's Hotel in Leeds city centre.
Volunteers taking part in the abseil will be involved in various activities within their projects, including teaching English in local schools in Thailand and Kenya, sports coaching in Fiji and South Africa, helping on a community farm in Israel and Palestine and turtle conservation work in Crete.
James Ewens, from our Student Wellbeing Centre and Team Leader for our India Bhopal project, commented: "Excited! An awesome opportunity for us to get together as a team and do something adventurous to support really worthy causes at a mental health charity and children's home in Bhopal, central India."
Kirsty Tennick, one of our students volunteering with a youth work charity in Poland said: "I'm feeling slightly nervous, but excited and motivated to do something that will help Podaj Reke a lot! I think the nerves will kick in fully when I'm hanging off the building."
Another student, Joshua Chamberlin, who will be volunteering in Fiji added:"I have roughly raised £190 so far, could have more by Sunday. It's an amazing opportunity for volunteers to raise funds for Fiji and hopefully it will help many volunteers in the future."
Leeds Metropolitan University has run an international volunteering programme for students and staff since 2006. The scheme gives students employability skills whilst supporting the University's relationships with community and charity partnerships overseas.