Students from the University of Leicester raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities every year - and they are stepping out again for worthy causes.
In RAG Week, between 5th-11th November 2001, students forget about their own money problems and give to deserving organisations.
Last year students at the University of Leicester raised over £40,000 for local and national good causes - and RAG Week makes a substantial contribution to these efforts.
During this week there are pizza-eating contests, the infamous three-legged pub-crawl, a comedy night, street collections and lecture raids. Students are not just giving up their coppers either, often digging deep to help others. Last year's fundraising raised in excess of £4000.
Local charities can apply for a grant that comes from RAG funds, but the scale of RAG's work means they can also help nationally. Just last year Leicester AIDS Support Services gained £342, while Imperial Cancer Research Fund received £7172.
Apart from the money, it is the time and support that students are willing to donate that is so valuable. Volunteers are vital in keeping organisations running and such help is much appreciated. RAG President Emily Wearmouth said: "We receive many letters of thanks for all the donations we make, and for all the volunteers that we provide.
"In the past it used to be a faithful few who helped out, but this year more students than ever are getting involved." This does much to dispel the stereotypical image of students -those who help RAG are committed, active and productive.
Emily added that charities have realised the potential of students to aid their causes. Students in turn have changed their attitude too, seeing that projects that benefit the community and the country have much to offer those who take part.
"Although the students themselves do not make any money, gaining life-long skills and experiences, and making new friends along the way, is a rich reward, she said.
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