Posted on 24/07/2012
A second student from Royal Holloway, University of London has been given the honour of carrying the Olympic flame during the last few stages of the torch relay today (Tuesday).
Hila Wali, who has just graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science, is another of the 8,000 inspirational people who have been nominated and chosen to carry the Olympic flame as it makes its way through the London Boroughs, ending in Stratford for the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday.
Hila, who will carry the torch through the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “I felt extremely happy when I found out I was selected to be a torchbearer. It is a once in a life time opportunity and I am honoured to take part. I am really nervous but equally excited. It's going to feel amazing.”
Hila was nominated to carry the torch for her commitment to community work both locally and further afield in Mozambique. She began a mentoring project in the UK, organising events and other programs to inspire unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan to continue studying or pursue a career in education. She spends her time focusing on how to inspire them, acting like a sister, friend or a guardian in order for them to share their concerns with her.
As well as the local venture, Hila also spends time in Mozambique, delivering English and Maths lessons for orphans. Her time abroad also involves raising the profile of a project she helped to create called The Outreach Project. This aims to raise awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and along with a local testing clinic encourages individuals to find support.
It was by a fellow mentor that Hila was nominated. “She has spent most of her spare time for the betterment of others lives between the UK and Africa. She is an inspiration and I believe she deserves this honour”, her fellow mentor said.
Hila follows in the footsteps of Katherine Trotter, a Criminology and Sociology student who carried the Olympic Flame in Dover on 18 July after being nominated for her success and dedication to canoeing.
Speaking about the day Katherine said: “I carried the torch up the steep banks to the keep of Dover Castle. It was a privilege to take part in such an important event in history and I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came out to support me on a very wet evening. I really enjoyed being part of the Olympic experience. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity”.
For more information on the College's involvement in the Games, from profiles of our successful sporting stars to frequently asked questions, visit Royal Holloway's 2012 Games pages.