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The Day of Go!

Aston University has launched the GO! Crowdfunding platform to be used by Aston staff and students for Aston-centric projects which make a difference to students’ social and educational experience at University or impact the wider community.

This week Aston hosted the Day of GO! to promote the crowdfunding platform, attract more projects and spread greater awareness of the possibilities with this type of fundraising.

During the day there were a lot of great live events going on and students had a chance to interact with alumni that were visiting Aston!

2 projects went LIVE on the platform this Wednesday!

Aston Bulls Tennis Club kicked the day off with their project going live first thing. This was aired on Instagram and was watched by over 500 followers throughout the day. Tennis need funding to cover the cost of venue hire and also to buy new balls. Within 2 days they’ve managed to secure 50% of their funding.

Aston Drama Society also had their project ready to go live on the day too, which went up after lunch. They’re crowdfunding for their Christmas pantomime production and have challenged themselves by setting a deadline within two weeks.

During the breakfast event at ABS, successful project leaders met with current project leaders to share tips. This was followed by Jake Graham (Vice President Student Activities) joining Jessica Madeley (Development Executive, DARO) and Michele Robins (Head of Operations at Woodcock Sports Centre) to welcome Alumni, Anthony Marcuo (CEO of Sports Revolution – and ex SU President in the 90s) and Will Perrins (IT Business Interface Lead at BP) for a tour of the facilities at Woodcock.

Aston Dance Society performed a flash mob at the Accommodation Fair in their GO! t-shirts, which was thoroughly enjoyed by students, staff and alumni. Dance President Lois Gaskell and Vice President Aaliyah Arnold had their photo taken with the alumni, and both girls told them how much of a positive difference the sound system they crowdfunded for has made to their society.

A buffet lunch was hosted at ABS where alumni got to speak to current and past project leaders. The alumni loved hearing from our students about their projects, studies and aspirations. It was an amazing opportunity for students to engage and take away lots of useful knowledge.

Aston University Music Society performed some jazz with their big band at ABS Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre after lunch. They are currently raising £800 to buy a new drum kit.

In the afternoon, Alumni were taken to the SU to look through student newspaper archives from their time at the university. They felt very touched and were full of nostalgia, reminiscing their times at university. They then took a tour around the current and new SU buildings with Max McLoughlin (Aston Students’ Union Chief Executive) and absolutely loved seeing both.

We would like to congratulate Aston University Christian Union, who managed to reach their target, and will therefore now be able to buy a new projector!

Mariya Kauser who co-organised the event with Geoff Savage (Head of Individual Giving, DARO) said,  “I personally feel very proud of the Aston students and staff for making a Day of GO! possible. The day met its purpose of promoting the platform in a fun and enjoyable way. Many people have congratulated me on its success and have already asked whether we’ll be doing this annually. I can only say that GO! is what its participants make it. I am ambitious that we can achieve great things in the future and positively enhance the student experience by making full use of what GO! has to offer. Watch this space!”


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