Reading Raising And Giving (RAG) is the official fundraising body at The University of Reading. As a student-orientated society, we work to fundraise for a variety of charities, locally and globally, as well as engaging widely with the local community. To do this, we provide students with exciting events and experiences, from themed union nights to hitching across the country and into Europe. All donations from our events and challenges go towards our chosen charities and we are always interested in trying new things! So get involved, dig deep and help us get everyone on campus talking about Reading RAG! Over the past year, we've raised thousands of pounds and have sent students to Nepal, Peru, Abu Dhabi and Morroco as well as running events on campus and within our local community.
Why Should you Join RAG?
Not only is your involvement with RAG key to help fundraise and support charitable causes, RAG also allows students to develop invaluable skills, memories and experiences that no other society can provide! Skill development and volunteering are two crucial values that extra-curricular societies can give you, alongside your degree, and Reading RAG are here to help!
Our charities for 2020/21
Each year RAG ask charities to apply to be one of our chosen charities, who we raise money and spread awareness for over the year! Here’s this year’s selection:
Our local charity of the year is a charity supporting homeless people in Reading. Their aims are the prevention and relief of poverty and financial hardship of persons in Reading and the Greater Berkshire area who are in need due to social or economic reasons, regardless of their religion or belief. This includes (but is not limited to) providing clothing, food, essential items, temporary accommodation, sign-posting to other support services and assistance with independent living. The charity promotes social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people in Reading from becoming socially excluded and relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.
You can find out more about New Beginnings and their work here: https://www.newbeginningsreading.org/
Our national charity for the year supports students and members of the university community by empowering them with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own and others mental health. They train staff and students in universities to deliver peer-led support interventions and research-driven workshops.
You can find out more about Mind and their work here: https://www.mind.org.uk/
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