Students organise music and dance Extravaganza to raise money for disadvantaged children worldwide

Posted by pt91 at Feb 27, 2012 12:18 PM |
University of Leicester RAG society hosting ambitious fundraiser in support of DanceAid

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 February 2012

Photo opportunity: Monday 5 March, 8pm. Media/photographers are invited to attend the event - please contact Abby Cooper on ac372@le.ac.uk or 07786604910 to arrange attendance.

Following a record-breaking fundraising total last year, the University of Leicester RAG (Raising and Giving) student society is on track for another breathtaking charity event in support of DanceAid.

The RAG Extravaganza, on Monday 5 March 2012, will feature an exciting array of dance styles and performers, as well as live bands and a surprise guest. The money raised will go to DanceAid, a charity that harnesses the passion and energy of dance to raise funds for poor and disabled children in the UK and abroad.

The show takes place in the University's new O2 Academy, and doors open at 7.30pm.

Abby Cooper, RAG liaison officer, said: "RAG are committed to making this event bigger and better than it has been in past years, we are excited to showcase some great local and University of Leicester talent all in aid of a great cause."

The show includes performances by members of Leicester Modern Dance Society as well as other groups performing hip-hop, ballet and even pole dancing. Musician Martin Luke Brown, who recently performed at Leicester's Oxjam music festival, will be among the bands and singers performing live on the night.

Drinks and refreshments will also be available.

DanceAid is a nationwide charity with over ten partners, including Girlguiding, Hope for Children, and Dance UK. They use dance events to bring people together and raise money for disadvantaged children around the world, including AIDs orphans in Africa and disabled children in Sri Lanka.

Part of their work is UK-based, helping families who fall through the net of support from social services and other agencies. Their projects around the world provide financial aid as well as education and practical support.

Abby Cooper said: "DanceAid is a worthwhile charity and an apt cause for RAG's dance competition, as they aim to better the lives of the young through dance across the world."

Last academic year RAG raised almost £126,000 for charity, thanks to a range of events and an ambitious climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. This year the students are aiming for a grand total of £350,000. Money raised by RAG goes to local and international charities, such as Help for Heroes, the British Red Cross, Children in Need and the Kenyan Orphan Project, who all benefited from last year's fundraising efforts.

Doors are open from 7.30pm and the event is due to commence at 8pm. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door. To book please contact the RAG society by email: rag@le.ac.uk 

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For more information about RAG, please contact Abby Cooper on ac372@le.ac.uk or call on 07786604910.  You can also view the RAG website here: http://leicesterunion.com/clubs/rag

For more information about the charity DanceAid, please see their website: http://danceaid.org.uk/

Media and photographers wishing to attend the event are asked to contact Abby Cooper in advance on ac372@le.ac.uk or 07786604910 to arrange attendance.

Report by Laura Toader

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