The Union of Students at the University of Derby’s fundraising body, known as Raise and Give (RAG) recently hosted a Pitch and Vote event at the Kedleston Road campus for local and national charities to present their causes to the student community, outlining the impact that partnership projects will have on their activity as well as valuable volunteering opportunities.
Every year, a number of charities are selected by vote, and the RAG team sets about raising as much money as possible throughout the year. RAG provide help and support in almost any fundraising venture that students come up with; anything from a Fun Run, a longer-term project with their Club or Society or maybe even an outdoor adventure day in partnership with an organisation.
The Union is thrilled to announce this year’s RAG charities:
Marie Curie who provide care and support through any terminal illness, Women’s Work; a national award-winning charity with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Derby and Twenty Twenty; a registered charity helping disadvantaged and disengaged young people to develop confidence, succeed in education and find sustainable employment.
A representative from Marie Curie shared “We’ve been working with the University for a while now and have attended networking events and volunteering days over the last few months. When the opportunity to work with RAG came up we were really excited. RAG do amazing work for their chosen charities, not only raising money but also raising awareness which is so important.”
“Our work together will ensure that our dedicated team of Marie Curie nurses will be able to provide care and support for families living with terminal illness throughout Derbyshire. We’re delighted to have been chosen and really look forward to working together.”
Diane Whitehead from Women’s Work (Derbyshire) Ltd is thrilled that the Union of Students have chosen them to be one of their RAG charities for 2018/19.
“We rely entirely on grants and donations to allow us to support disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Derbyshire. Through workshops and life skill activities we help the ladies make positive life style choices to improve their quality of life and that of their children. The funding raised by RAG will help run our crèche for pre-school children. Not only does that give the mums time to attend our courses without interruption or worry but it also gives the children the opportunity to play and develop away from their often-chaotic home lives.”
Women’s Work CEO Dionne Reid says, “RAG’s previous achievements are impressive, and we look forward to helping with more fantastic fundraising events to support our life changing work.”
Joanna Burrows from Twenty Twenty said “TwentyTwenty believes that every young person has incredible potential, and that the most disaffected young people are resources to be developed rather than problems to be solved.
We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the Union’s elected RAG charities for 2018/19. We are looking forward to partnering with the university, and getting more students involved in supporting our mission to tackle youth unemployment in Derby, through our volunteering opportunities such as mentoring, and through raising funds together for our projects.”
“This partnership will enable us to support even more young people to become independent, healthy, aspirational citizens who have the skills and wherewithal to hold down secure and progressive jobs.”
Other participating charities were: Children First, BREAK, Sight Support, Royal School for Deaf and Annabel's Angels.
RAG has raised over £27,000 this year for local and national charities – and creates a number of valuable opportunities for students to engage with the community, make new friends, have life changing experiences, and develop employability skills.
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