Fundraising students aim to soothe body, mind and soul

Posted by pt91 at Feb 22, 2018 10:16 AM |
RAG Week returns with music, comedy and sports from 26 February – 3 March
Issued by University of Leicester on 22 February 2018
  • Please note that only the comedy events on Tuesday 27 February are open to the public

University of Leicester students will be making the campus run, jump, laugh and sing, all in aid of raising money for good causes.

RAG Week returns to campus from 26 February - 3 March and is the students’ opportunity to take part in fun challenges and activities to raise money or give time to support local and national charities.

RAG stands for ‘Raising and Giving’ and to mark University Mental Health Day on 1 March, Leicester Students’ Union is also dedicating the week to help soothe minds, bodies and souls called Wellbeing Week.

Staff and students at the University of Leicester already do a lot to raise money for charity and give back to their local community. RAG Week has three simple goals; to celebrate the fantastic fundraising and giving activity already taking place, to promote positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and to join together to raise even more money for charity.

Each day during RAG and Wellbeing Week there will be events taking place on campus for staff and students to get involved in, from sponsored cycles to bake sales, sponsored tennis matches to sing-offs.

Tuesday 27 February will be dedicated to the University’s very own comedy festival and everyone, including the general public, is invited to have a laugh. Staff and students will be reeling off their best jokes on the Events Square where you can also learn the tricks of the trade at Clown School on campus.

The week will conclude on Friday 2 March with a "Feel Good Friday" where this year’s fundraising and volunteering activities will be celebrated.

The University aims to inspire and enable students to tackle the issues that matter most to them. This year, it has supported student groups with £50 funding to kickstart their efforts to grow the amount much as they can for their chosen charity. The group that raises the most money wins a VIP experience at the University’s Student Awards.

Marie Muir from the Student Experience team at the University said: “RAG Week is something that historically has played a huge part in the university experience, with examples of events recounted in our University Archives. Our students do fantastic work to raise money for charity and volunteer in the community and we wanted to revive RAG Week as a way to celebrate some of their amazing achievements as well as provide the opportunity for more to get involved.”

As part of Wellbeing Week, the Students’ Union will be hosting cookery classes, mindfulness and art therapy sessions, a blood drive and a UV sports fest among many other activities and wellbeing incentives throughout the week.

Mollie Henstock, Wellbeing Officer at Leicester Students’ Union said: “University Mental Health Day is a national campaign to focus efforts on promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in Higher Education settings. We wanted to make this a week-long event to coincide with student RAG activities.

“As well as our wellbeing activities and workshops, there will be daily ‘happy hour’ music sessions in the SU and an interactive ribbon wall – all of which are designed to raise awareness and have a positive impact on our University community.”

Staff and students can raise money for a charity of their own choice or choose to support the University’s selected charities. These are three charities that reflect the aims and values of this year’s RAG Week:

  • The University-based charity WACIT (World Awareness for Children in Trauma) which raises awareness on child mental health and highlights the needs of children who suffer trauma worldwide
  • Local Leicester charity LAMP and national charity Rethink, which both campaign for better mental health awareness

RAG Week and Wellbeing Week take place from 26 February - 2 March. See the website for more information:



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