[Press and Public Relations] Students Aim to Put Fun into Fund-Raising

February 2002

No 34

Thousands of pounds to be collected for local charities


Charity minded students at the University of Leicester are set to collect thousands of pounds for local good causes during a week of fund-raising activities.

RAG week takes place from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th March and will feature a school-type fair to be held in Queen's Hall in the Students' Union building, the Percy Gee.

Visitors can expect to find the hall filled with stalls that will test even the best mathematicians, with 'guess the number of sweets in a jar', and puzzle the keenest geographers, with 'guess where the treasure is buried'.

Kirsty Clark, RAG's Vice President said: "Here is a new 'University Challenge' that rewards those closest to the right answer, allowing the average student to take on the genius! Indeed, the competitions are open to academic and other members of staff.

"What better way to relieve tension after delivering a lecture, or indeed sitting through one, than to forget one's inhibitions on the adult bouncy castle? Rather than going for a pint, RAG's fair is the place to be merry without the hangover!"

However, for those who will insist on the involvement of alcohol, the infamous RAG pub-crawl will also be taking place.

Although RAG week is about having fun, it is for the purpose of raising money and promoting awareness of good causes. At the fair there will be stalls set up by local and national charities, detailing their objectives, their work and how to get involved.

Kirsty said: "The last RAG week in November 2001 raised 4,500, so it is an important initiative that raises serious amounts of money for charity. The money from this coming RAG week will be distributed amongst local organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland areas.

"Students annually raise in the region of 40,000 for local charities and good causes and also devote thousands of hours getting involved in helping local groups."

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Sarah Fitzer, RAG Co-ordinator on 0116 223 1153

There will be photo opportunities on Thursday 7th March at the fair.  We hope to have the University's Viking Society dressed up to 'storm lectures' on this day, but this is to be confirmed.  Please telephone Sarah to confirm details closer to the time, when more precise details will be available.

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Last updated: 14 February 2002 16:00
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