11-2003 Campus News
A glider, a sub aqua diving boat, and a Students’ Union artist in residence are among the projects supported this year by the Alumni Fund in its annual awards which were presented in the Visitors’ Centre on 14 November.
Established in 1999, the Fund raises money from graduates to enhance the “student experience”. The Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation Board, an independent charity, is responsible for dispensing the income, which this year amounts to some £230,000.
The nine successful schemes are as follows:
Ever wondered who those funny looking guys (and girls) in green are when you play sport at Malone Fields?
Every Saturday during term time, and at other times as required, the volunteers of Headquarters Transport Division (HQT) of St John Ambulance provide first-aid and ambulance cover at Malone Playing Fields – for both Queen’s sporting events and external events such as the Youth Games.
HQT was the only St John Ambulance Division in the UK to receive the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service in the community – the nomination was made by the University. And the links run deeper: the Research Ethics Committee in the Faculty of Medicine is the Division’s first point of contact for pre-hospital care research.
All its voluntary ambulance officers, from a wide range of backgrounds, have been trained to national Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) standards. The Division is international, with members from as far as the USA, South Africa and Australia. Based at Knockbracken Healthcare Park, the Division utilises six emergency ambulances, including a 4WD and Ambulance Support Unit, and attends over 150 events annually, from small weekly events such as Queen’s rugby and Gaelic football fixtures, through to large city-wide events such as the marathon.
The members encounter and handle a wide variety of medical conditions, from minor cuts and abrasions through to potential spinal injuries, fractures and seizures. Each of the Division’s approximately 30 members plays a pivotal role.
Like most voluntary organisations, it is constantly seeking new members, for both front-line and ‘back of house’ activities such as database development, vehicle maintenance, web-site development and a host of other tasks. Not all members are uniformed.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of Headquarters Transport should contact David Reid at email@example.com or phone the Division on (028) 9079 9927.
And if you see them at the playing fields, consider buying them a drink – they do it for free!
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Dates (to 2005)