University of Nottingham students have raised more than £1.2m for charity this year — smashing all previous student fundraising records and breaking the £1m target for the first time.
Karnival, The University of Nottingham Students’ Union fundraising organisation, raised £1,225,454 during 2009. This makes Karni the first student-run fundraising group in the UK to raise more than £1 million in a single year.
The largest amount of money came from a series of expeditions to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base camp during the summer. More than 250 students took part in the challenges which raised a total of £655,400 for Childreach International, a charity that works with local communities to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in developing countries.
Other major fundraising activities for 2009 included
Rag raids — £233,480
Contributions to other charity events — £195,650
Karni-run events (including sky dives and weekend trips away) — £53,899
Nightclub ticket sales — £33,164
Hitch to Morocco event — £21,354
The money raised by Karni is donated to a number of different local and national charities throughout the year. These include the British Legion, Breast Cancer Research, Whiz Kids, the Anthony Nolan Trust, and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). One popular event, known as Sherry Night, saw a group of local elderly people invited to the University to enjoy a jazz band, dinner, drinks and dancing in the Trent Building’s Great Hall.
David Rees, Director of Karnival, said: “We are all, obviously, ecstatic at the news that we’ve broken the £1 million barrier. Karnival is a huge part of University life at Nottingham and we’re lucky enough to have the support of a large number of the students here. Our aim is to make fundraising fun and the fact that around 600 students join us on Rag Raids every weekend during term is testament to the fact that this attitude really does encourage students to get involved.
“We’re so excited to have contributed such a large amount to local, national and international good causes. This is all thanks to the hard work of the Karni team and the support we’ve had along the way from the Students’ Union and the charities we work with.”
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