Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Host of celebrities sign-up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s golf fund-raiser in support of Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation
A host of celebrities including BBC Sports broadcasters Eilidh Barbour and Pat Nevin, Olympians Eve Muirhead and Michael Jamieson, and titans of Scottish football, Gordon Smith, Murdo McLeod and Frank McAvennie, are joiningMup with Sir Alex Ferguson to play a round at The Carrick golf course, Loch Lomond, to raise funds for Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) charitable Foundation.
GCU honorary graduate and donor, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, the face of its 2017 fundraising programme, will be guest of honour at an inaugural Golf Classic before an evening of dining and entertainment at the glamorous Cameron House, on Friday, August 25. 
The headline sponsor is innovative Stirling-based ‘digital time capsule’ company, Miigen, which has recently concluded a highly successful fund-raising exercise which saw it raise £250,000 from just eleven Scottish business owners.
GCU, a sector leader in widening access to education, provides educational opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds. The GCU Foundation has already supported more than 1,000 young people to access life-changing opportunities.
Sir Alex said: “I was delighted to help Glasgow Caledonian University launch its Foundation in 2015, to help students from all backgrounds and across all disciplines. Since then, I have been on the Glasgow campus several times meeting staff and students and have been impressed by the University’s work, particularly in helping people progress in life. 
“Now, in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Lomond, we have the opportunity to raise further funds for students as well as to heighten awareness of the Foundation’s great work. I hope that new donors will also support its work: together we can make a difference.”
Craig J Lemmon, CEO of Miigen, said: “I believe strongly in the aims of the GCU Foundation and feel privileged to contribute to its success. Miigen’s product is a potentially global social media platform aimed squarely at the fulfilled lives, rich memories and wealth of experience of the baby boomer generation.”
Jillian Watt, Director of the GCU Foundation, said: “Thanks to the phenomenal support of Sir Alex Ferguson and our headline sponsor Miigen we hope to build on the success of last year’s inaugural fundraising dinner.
“With their backing, we are proud that all the proceeds will go towards creating access, inspiration and opportunities for students at GCU.”
Notes to editors
Glasgow Caledonian University
·         Through the education we provide, the research we conduct, and the social and economic benefit we deliver, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the University for the Common Good.
·         GCU has modern campuses in the heart of Glasgow, London and New York, and educational partnerships in Bangladesh, Mauritius, Oman and South Africa.
·         GCU is in the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old (Times Higher Education 2017).
·         Our 20,000 students experience a transformative education which combines employability and entrepreneurialism with social responsibility. 97% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.
·         The top modern university in Scotland for research power, GCU is helping to build inclusive societies, support healthy lives and develop sustainable environments.
·         We are Scotland’s first accredited Living Wage University Employer and a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
·         Our annual economic contribution to the UK is estimated at £1 billion, while our social benefit as the University for the Common Good is evident in communities at home and across the globe.
·         Find out more at www.gcu.ac.uk and follow us on Twitter @CaledonianNews.
Miigen is a new, potentially global, private social platform aimed at people over the age of 50 which will allow them to tell the story of their lives and their communities in digital format.



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