Tickling funny bones for charity

Posted by ew205 at Feb 23, 2018 03:59 PM |
Day of comedy events bringing the banter in aid of local and national charities
  • Photo/video opportunity Tuesday 27 February: The Rag and Bone Clown School, the Victorian circus of steampunk clowns and characters, will be performing in the Events Square outside the University’s Fielding Johnson building from 10am-2pm.

On Tuesday 27 February, a host of comedy events will be taking place at the University of Leicester as part of Raising and Giving (RAG) week, during which staff and students take part in fun challenges and activities to support charitable organisations.

The comedy day will begin with “Jokes in the Square”  from 10am – 2pm. Those who fancy themselves as the next Michael McIntyre are invited to bring their best jokes to the gazebo, where they will be displayed for all to enjoy.

Also from 10am-2pm, the University will be visited by the Rag and Bone Clown School. This Victorian circus of steampunk clowns and characters will be jumping, juggling, hooping and spinning in support of great causes.  There will also be opportunities for personalised caricature portraits from 11am-2pm.

In the evening, from 5-7.30 pm, students, staff, and members of the public are warmly invited to attend a night of stand-up comedy otherwise known as “Give for Giggles”. Hosted by local comedian and University of Leicester alumni Alex Hylton, the event promises a unique opportunity for budding performers, stand-ups and writers alike to showcase their talent.

The event will take place in the University of Leicester’s Charles Wilson Building Graduate Lounge.

Slots are still available for those who would like to take part in the showcase, and can be booked here. Those who would like to attend the event should register their interest here.

The event is operating a 'pay as you feel' donation upon arrival for you to watch the show, however a £5 donation is recommended for those who wish to attend.

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 for Wellbeing Week.

The aim of RAG week is threefold- to celebrate the fantastic fundraising and giving activity already taking place at the University of Leicester, to promote positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and to join together to raise even more funds for great organisations.

Marie Muir, from the Student Experience team at the University of Leicester, 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.”

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: https://www2.le.ac.uk/students/studying/events/rag/rag-week

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