RAG Week raises £5500

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RAG Week 2010 was a huge success, raising almost £5500 for three different charities.

The event, which was held during Week Six, included a wide range of activities for Lancaster students to get involved with. All money raised will be donated to St. John’s Hospice, Stepping Stones and MENCAP.

RAG bands were recognized by students as one of the best features of the week, bringing in almost £1000 of the total raised.

“It’s a fantastic scheme because the price of the band is the price of entry into a single club for one night, but included in this price is entry to numerous clubs, queue-jumping privileges and a range of discounts and offers from various student favorites such as Sultan’s and Pizzetta,” said Bowland’s social secretary Siobhan Bailey.

The Pancake Man, who was stationed in Alexandra Square for the duration of Tuesday, raised £231.76 and bucket collections in the Sugarhouse, Elements and the Carleton throughout the week totaled almost £1100.

Individual student contributions included David Titone, who spent the week in a wheelchair and raised £157 from sponsorships and Anna Fenton, who dressed as a chicken for a day and raised £128.

The RAG quiz replaced the college bars’ usual Sunday night quiz and raised £452. Each team played against all the other colleges on campus with a prize of fifty pounds for the winning team.

“I believe that RAG week has been hugely successful this year. Although [the] week was extremely busy, it was very fun and everybody’s hard work and effort paid off,” said Leah Smith, President of the RAG Society. “I would like say a huge thank you to the RAG Exec and members of the RAG Society for all their help in making the week so great. I would also like to thank the presidents of each college for all of their help at the quiz.”

As Andrew Pillow, a third year, pointed out: “I enjoyed RAG week in general, but the highlight for me was the Societies’ Showcase. It shows the best thing about RAG week; good stuff going on at the university, whilst raising money for charity at the same time.”

At the time of going to print the society was still waiting for money from Scotforth Primary School, who held a wacky hairstyle non-uniform day in aid of RAG Week following a visit from members of the Exec and the university Badminton team, who held a fancy dress fun run around campus.

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