[Brad Johnson | Deputy Editor]
After a full week of fundraising, Raise and Give’s biannual RAG Week raised just over £500! The whole team were blown away with the support from students and staff at the university. The week saw the RAG Committee host a selection of events targeting all groups of students. Most notably was the ‘Campus Collections’ on both College Lane and de Havilland; one student took home a £30 prize for raising over £15 in just five minutes.
On Tuesday 14th October, Raise and Give hijacked the Ele House to host a special game of Play Your Cards Right; this gave students the chance to raise money for Raise and Give’s charities (Haven House, Young Minds and Teens Unite) while also having the opportunity to take home some money for themselves. By this point in the week, the committee had already put on four events and there was no stopping them.
After attending Play Your Cards Right, Rebecca Harding, final year Photography student shared with us that she, “’loved going back in time and playing Play Your Cards Right, the hosts were excellent, the atmosphere was buzzing, I didn’t win… but i’m more than glad that the money went to good causes!”
During the rest of the week, a Bake Off was hosted on the de Havilland Campus where students entered to win Galleria vouchers! Volunteers then sold off the winning cakes and all money raised went straight to the Raise and Give charities. The week opened and closed with two packed out quizzes in the EleHouse. Although Raise and Give is taking a break from quizzes for a bit, there still will be student groups running them nearly every Sunday.
Mercedes Brazier, RAG Rep said: “RAG week was a fun and active week that helped to create awareness for our chosen charities this year, the activities raised a generous amount of money, so thank you students for taking part and working with us towards some great causes!”
No matter what event you attended, everyone who got involved helped raise a lot of money in one week that will positively affect the lives of those supported by the charities. The next RAG event will be the Zombie Chase on the 1st November!
More information on Raise and Give can be found at hertfordshire.su/rag