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Students aim to raise £10k for charity

Fundraising students at the University of St Andrews aim to beat an impressive £10k+ raised last year during the annual student-run Rag Week.

The week will launch tomorrow (Friday 13th February) and will run until Friday 20th February. Students are hopeful of beating last year’s total of £10,319.64.

Rag Week is organised by the University of St Andrews Charities Campaign and this year will feature nightly events at the Students’ Association, including the ever popular ‘Mr St Andrews’ contest on Tuesday 17th, and a live concert in aid of the Tibetan Relief Fund on Wednesday 18th.

The events also include a student production of the Vagina Monologues at the Byre Theatre, a charity debate, two pub quizzes and a rock music night. Students will also be able to pay online for ‘Rag Hits’, where a fellow student is visited in a lecture to be given either a romantic message or the more embarrassing ‘Gran-O- Gram’.

The University of St Andrews Charities Campaign is open to all matriculated students and is supported by an annual grant from the Students’ Association, allowing all the money that is raised to go to charity. This year’s nominated charities, who are the main recipients of money raised, are Oxfam, the Breast Cancer Campaign, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre Fife and the Student Voluntary Service.

Chris Marks, 3rd year Computer Science student and Rag Week Co- ordinator said:

“This week the student community will be holding our most ambitious fundraising ever. Events will be being going on in the Students’ Association and all over town, so there are all sorts of ways of getting involved, wherever and whoever you are in St Andrews. So far this year we’ve had lots of very successful events and collections, raising £26,163 so far, but Rag Week is the highlight of the calendar. Last year we broke the £10,000 barrier for the week. This time we want to go even higher.”

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Contact for more information: Marco Biagi, University of St Andrews Charities Campaign, 0779 949 8145.

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