Welcome to Exeter RAG! We are the largest student - led fundraising group at the University of Exeter, with a huge membership of students from a wide variety of backgrounds. RAG stands for ‘Raise and Give’ and our aim is to raise as much money as possible through as many daring, innovative and exciting ways we can think of and we want you to join us!
We offer our members the chance to engage in a range of exciting activities! With six challenges, stretching across the globe, you can embark upon the adventure of a life-time and put yourself to the test physically and mentally. Alternatively, you can support causes closer to home by getting involved in the many events that take place on campus, including the mighty ‘Jailbreak.’ At the very least, come to one of our socials; there is something for everyone - whether it be a bar-crawl, or a quiz, we run a huge range of events for you to take part in and help us raise money for some incredible charities!
Last year, we raised a huge amount of money and this year we are aiming to raise even more and would love for you to join us! Whether you want to be in the middle of all the action or get behind the scenes, RAG has something for everyone! If any of this sounds like your kind of thing, keep reading and find out more about how you can get involved!
A message from our Presidents:
Welcome to Exeter RAG 2019-20! We are the largest charitable society on campus. With so much on offer for you this year, we will be amazed if you can’t find something you'd love to get involved in this year!
Matthew: I honestly believe RAG is a truly special student group. It is a supportive, inclusive and diverse group of passionate fundraisers raising money for relevant, inspiring, and important causes. I signed up in Fresher’s Week last year, and have since been a member, a Fresher’s Representative, and now one of the Presidents. It is a unique way of raising incredible amounts of money alongside spreading messages about contemporary challenges. RAG also provides amazing opportunities to develop as an individual and build skills that will be very valuable in the future. I am very proud of what we have achieved so far, and am excited to see what we are able to do this year!
Cait: The amazing thing about RAG is that you can tailor your experience to you. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a home bird, we have such a range of opportunities for everyone! I joined RAG during my first week at university and it is the best decision I have ever made. It’s completely pushed me outside my comfort zone; I have achieved things I never thought possible all while raising money for some fantastic charities along the way!
If none of that makes you want to sign up, we don’t know what will! But whatever it is you choose to do with RAG - you will make a massive difference to a wide range of local and international causes. We are incredibly proud to lead the passionate people who make Exeter RAG the success that it is; we hope you will join us this year.
Aims and Objectives:
- We will raise as much money as possible throughout 2019/2020 for our nominated, campaign and challenge charities.
We will support a broad range of both local and national charities to raise awareness of lots of causes relevant to the student population of Exeter.
We will promote and support employability opportunities in the charity sector.
We will welcome every member into the new family system to ensure that everybody has the support and experience they need for any fundraising they would like to do during their time with us.
Our Nominated Charities:
All students and members of the university community should be able to thrive at university. Student Minds empowers students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others, and create change. Key to their approach is effective early intervention, building health literacy and other preventative approaches, as well as providing ongoing support for both those with and those supporting someone with mental health difficulties. The charity trains training students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support programmes as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, they share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.
Exeter Student Nightline
Exeter Student Nightline provides a confidential student listening and information service which is open at night and run by students for students. Every night, trained student volunteers answer calls, emails, instant messages, texts and talk in person to their fellow university students about anything that’s troubling them. As the Nightline volunteers are fellow students, they can directly empathise with their callers’ problems. For most students, their time at university is a positive experience however for some it can be characterised by periods of stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Rising fees, academic pressures and concerns about employability can also impact on student mental wellbeing. Nightline offers university students a safe space to talk about their feelings or whatever’s troubling them without fear of being judged or ridiculed.
Exeter RAG Challenges
We have selected our 2019/20 Challenges and are incredibly excited to work with our brilliant selected charity partners and help students challenge themselves and fundraise lots of money for their selected charity.
It is so important to RAG Challenges that we:
1. Support a variety of charity causes.
2. Provide a range of challenge locations across the globe.
3. Have opportunities that are accessible to every student budget.
4. That our participants have a brilliant time doing it!
If we had a £1 for every time we heard someone say "taking part in a RAG Challenge is the most rewarding thing I've done at Uni" our charities would be even happier!
Machu Picchu with Hope for Children
This trek takes you through the high Peruvian Andes in search of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.The trek route departs from the bustling colonial mountain town of Cusco and winds its way through breathtaking mountain passes, past sacred mountains and on through humid jungle trails to reach the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. You'll be supporting Hope for Children, a wonderful charity who work to enable vulnerable children to experience a happy childhood by improving their access to education and healthcare, and empowering families to support themselves.
Gorilla Trek with East African Playgrounds
Take on the challenge of trekking and canoeing through the foothills of volcanoes and the lakes of Western Uganda. Spend an unforgettable day finding the last remaining silverback gorillas cutting your way through the underbrush to find the gentle giants. Finally transform an empty field into a safe and exciting playground for generations to enjoy, whilst running creative play sessions with the children: teaching them to make the most of their imagination in education and employment. You’ll be supporting East African Playgrounds, an amazing charity who aim to provide play facilities across East Africa, helping children to make the most out of their childhood. You’ll make a huge impact that will last for years and years to come.
Kilimanjaro with Meningitis Research Foundation
The world’s highest free-standing peak, Kilimanjaro rises alone from the surrounding savanna, reaching a whopping 5,895m above sea level. Situated in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The feeling you get as you climb Kilimanjaro and watch the sun rise over the vast African plains is truly an incredible experience. You'll be supporting the Meningitis Research Foundation, who help save lives across the UK and around the world, by funding research and vaccines and raising awareness of the dangers of Meningitis.
New York Marathon with National Autistic Society
The TCS New York City Marathon is the iconic road race set to the famous backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Over 50,000 runners will take to the start line at Staten Island before running through all five boroughs of New York City. The race day atmosphere is simply indescribable as two million people cheer the runners on. You’ll be supporting the UK’s leading charity for the 700,000 people in the UK with autism and their families. Their vision is a world where all people living with autism are understood, supported and appreciated, and get to live it.
Three Peaks with The Children's Society
The Three Peaks is one of the most iconic challenges on these fair shores. It offers the opportunity to reach the highest summits in not one, not two but three countries, back to back. From the year-round snowcapped peak of Ben Nevis tucked away in the Scottish highlands, through to a night time ascent of Scafell Pike culminating in a final ascent of the imposing Mt. Snowdon the Three Peaks challenge is a test of both strength of mind and body. Tackling the Three Peaks in the UK will take you up and down over 6000m in elevation, travelling 450 miles between and walking 25 miles over challenging terrain all in one go! You’ll be supporting The Children's Society, who work to support some of the most vulnerable children in England and Wales.
London to Paris Cycle with Breast Cancer Now ... Our Newest Challenge!
This iconic 220 mile cycle sees students cycle from London's suburbs, across the channel and through the stunning French countryside to arrive at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. Over 150 students taking part every year. To date this incredible cycle has raised over £1 million, which is a phenomenal achievement. You’ll be supporting Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s leading breast cancer research charity. Over 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK. Breast Cancer Now funds vital research into this horrible disease. Thanks to research, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, yet there are still nearly 1,000 women who die of breast cancer every month in the UK.
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