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RAG raises hundreds of thousands for children’s charity

Photo credit: Childreach International Facebook
Photo credit: Childreach International Facebook
Photo credit: Childreach International Facebook

At the recent 2016 RAG conference, YUSU RAG, the University of York’s Raising and Giving society, celebrated raising £443, 723.65 for the charity Childreach International, between the period of 2008 and 2016.

The event took place with the cooperation of the university and the student union, whose involvement in sourcing the impressive sum was stressed. A range of other universities’ student unions, including Oxford, Manchester and Imperial College, were also present to celebrate the money they had managed to raise for the charity. Alex Lusty, the incoming YUSU Activities Officer, attended and was pictured holding the cheque for the charity. He said:

“The efforts of RAG really are incredible. To raise so much is an astounding feat and everyone involved should give themselves a huge pat on the back. However, there is only one way we’re going and that is up. Roz, our RAG officer, has some huge plans for this year; with not only RAG week which is coming up soon, but also our challenges which range from Big Build in Nepal to Climbing Machu Pichu. We can be really proud to say that our students are right at the top of their gme and will continue to compete with the best.”

The Raising and Giving society (RAG)  runs a number of activities year-round which all students at the University of York, regardless of year, course or college, can get involved with. They fight for a diverse range of causes, both locally and internationally: other charities which they have previously raised awareness and funds for include Prostate Cancer Research UK, Refugee Action York and Big Build Nepal. Their activities are usually intended to be light-hearted and enjoyable, and typically include events like fun runs, cake sales and even Samba dancing. Students can get involved and support any of these activities, and even have the opportunity to start their own fundraiser.

Childreach International is a London-based charity whose motto is that: “Every child has the right to live, learn and play. To be happy, safe and free. To stand up and shout with certainty.” They work across five countries in the developing world: Bangladesh, Tanzania, India, Nepal and Brazil. Notable projects include helping displaced people in Gujarat, India assert their basic human rights, a campaign against child trafficking which was realised through a movie entitled ‘Sold’ and  rebuilding after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Childreach International said about the event: “We had an incredible time saying thank you to so many of our supporters for everything they’ve done over the years to fundraise for our projects!”