Seven days of charity fundraising begins today as RAG Week kicks off at Nottingham Trent University, in aid of cancer research.
RAG stands for ‘Raising and Giving.’ The society aim to raise as much money as possible for chosen charities, with the John van Geest Centre for Cancer treatment chosen to receive all money raised this year.
The John van Geest Centre is one of the United Kingdom’s main hubs for Cancer research and has been working to improve treatment for the disease since it was founded in early 2008. Based at Nottingham Trent University, the Centre was opened following an £8 million grant from the John and Lucille van Geest foundation.
RAG Week will see a number of different events taking place across the University campus. Activities include ‘Trent does Take Me Out’ and ‘Touch It’ an event which sees students compete for the chance to win a holiday to Ibiza.
Liz McCluskey is Vice President Activities at Nottingham Trent Students Union.
Following this week the RAG society have many more events planned before the end of the term which students can get involved in.
Escape and Evade, the annual challenge where students attempt to travel as far as possible away from Nottingham for free, returns for it’s tenth year. Last year the event alone raised over £5,000 for the RAG Charities.
In 2012-13 RAG raised over £18,000 for the three chosen charities, MNDA, The Lullaby Trust and Operation Orphan.
Anyone wanting to keep track of how much money is raised by RAG throughout the year should check the RAG totaliser on the Nottingham Trent Students Union website.