The 23rd – 28th October marked RAG Week at the Students’ Union. All throughout the week, the RAG Committee, along with the support of the Students’ Union, organised and took part in a series of fundraisers in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, our chosen charity of the year.
In total, we managed to raise over £940! Thanks must go to everyone who donated and took part in RAG Week 2017. With our continued support, charities like Alzheimer’s Society can keep helping people affected by dementia, whilst investing into research for care, cure and prevention.
Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
The RAG Committee kicked things off on Monday with a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament down at the University Arena. The teams consisted of Wheelchair Basketball themselves, Ultimate Frisbee, Ladies Hockey, Ladies Rugby, Men’s Rugby and the Students’ Union.
Admittedly, no one was quite as impressive as the Wheelchair Basketball themselves, but everyone certainly put up a good fight. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, Ladies Rugby didn’t get to play in the final, although they have been promised a rematch very soon.
Face painting in the Hangar
In the evening, the RAG Committee headed down to the Hangar for Societies and Sports Night to do some ghostly Halloween face painting.
They also followed them to their socials in the City Centre and encouraged them to donate any loose change. Through bucket collections and face painting combined, they managed to add another £150.00 to the RAG total.
Fill the logo
On Thursday, we spent the day filling the floor in the Hangar with people’s loose change and old pound coins. All together, we managed to raise £145.
The LGBT+ and Film Society went on to raise a further £50 for RAG, with the help of some generous students at an evening screening of ‘But I’m A Cheerleader’.
During Friday daytime, as the University Open Day took place, Ladies Rugby put on a bake sale in the Students’ Union, with all proceeds going to RAG and Alzheimer’s Society.
Friday evening also saw the return of the Hangar’s infamous Halloween Scarefest. Partly organised by Loco Show Co. and the Residential Ambassador’s; this year’s Scarefest was ‘IT’ themed and the Hangar bar was kitted out head to toe with spooktacular Halloween decorations. Terrifying clowns aside, the RAG Committee were able to add another healthy amount of donations to the RAG total.
Swim team charity car wash
On the final day of RAG Week, and on what turned out to be a sunny Saturday morning, the University Swim Team put on a hugely successful car wash at the Homebase car park. With buckets, sponges and an unlimited supply of water kindly donated by Homebase, the team managed to raise an astounding £135 for Alzheimer’s Society!
Also throughout the week, as we hit our fundraising goals, we gunged a member of the Full Time Officer team. We gunged our third and final sabbatical Officer, Jade, on Friday afternoon after successfully reaching a fundraising total of £750! Missed the gunging as it happened? Don’t worry, we livestreamed them all to our Facebook page. Head over to (https://www.facebook.com/worcestersu/) and see it for yourself!
On behalf of the RAG Committee and everyone at the Students’ Union, we would like to thank all students and staff members who donated, thus making #RAGWeek2017 as successful as it could have possibly been.
You can continue to donate online throughout the year to our RAG Charity by following this link: https://www.worcsu.com/volunteer/ragcharities/. Alternatively, if you would like to get involved or organise your own fundraising event for charity, please contact Eleanor York (Student Engagement Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.