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Student’s spaghetti service nets charity money

8 June 2006 – for immediate release

Aston’s answer to Jamie Oliver, student David Koulakis (aka ‘Spag Bol Dave’), has been cooking up a storm on campus with his highly original way of raising money for Cancer Research UK...

The 22 year old final year Accountancy student has almost reached his target of �2000 for charity since he first shared his culinary skills in September 2005, by establishing a home cooking pasta service. The popularity of his Spaghetti Bolognese empire has resulted in him making the delicious dish for up to 30 students a week, with all the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

The fun and quirky service (and a little help from his friends) has established Spag Bol Dave as a popular choice for many students around the campus who fancy a takeaway or their own visiting chef. Since setting up the home cooking pasta enterprise he has catered for large and small parties. Dave has also captured the media’s attention appearing in numerous articles and broadcasts from BBC Midands Today to The Evening Standard (London).

The success of the home cooking service is certainly not the last of Spag Bol Dave’s ventures to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He already has a number of ideas which he plans to carry out before he leaves Aston and recently took part in the London marathon.

Before embarking on the Marathon, Dave was the first to confess that he was not a great runner but through tough training and determination he completed it in four hours and 53 minutes.

Cancer Research UK is a charity very close to Dave’s heart. After the diagnosis of his father’s cancer and the tragedy the disease has inflicted on other immediate members of his family, Dave felt the need to do his bit to help others.

‘Looking back on the whole experience - training, cooking and the Marathon - I can proudly say I accomplished what I set out to at the start of the year and that was to achieve something out of the ordinary.

‘The kindness and support people on campus gave to me through the Spag Bol Dave scheme really kept me focused and motivated and got me through the 26.2 miles of the Marathon.

‘I believe everyone should challenge themselves, no matter what it is, nothing is impossible you put your mind to it’, said Dave.

If you would like to donate to Spag Bol Dave’s quest to raise money for Cancer Research UK, visit www.justgiving.com/spagboldave

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