Students raise over £1.3million for good causes

21 Dec 2011 22:43:46.043

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Karnival, The University of Nottingham Students’ Union’s charitable organisation, has announced that its members raised over £1.3million for local and national charities during 2011.

The grand total of £1,322,249.57 was announced in front of 900 guests at the charity’s annual Snowflake Ball this month, held to celebrate the work students have put in during the year.

Fundraising efforts have included a huge number of sponsored events including trekking the Machu Picchu Inca Trail in Peru, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and walking along the Great Wall of China, as well as traditional fundraising activities such as rag raids and club nights.

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As a result of these activities, Karni — which in 2009 became the first RAG society to raise over £1million for charity in a single year — won the coveted Breast Cancer Campaign’s ‘RAG of the Year’ award and helped Nottingham’s St Augustine’s Primary School keep their school bus running.

The money raised will now be distributed to the regional and national branches of charities including: the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Age UK, The British Legion, and The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. A full list of the charities supported can be found on the Karni website.

After the ball, Karnival Director, Chris Bowman, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved with this organisation as heavily as I have, and to raise such a phenomenal amount of money for some of the world’s most vulnerable people could not be more of an honour. Thanks to every student who has participated; you really have made a difference to lives this Christmas.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘the world’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2011, a league table of the most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia. Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. For more details, visit:  

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Award for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research on global food security. More news from the University at:  

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union is one of the largest in the sector with over 35,800 members on campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia from over 140 different countries. The Union exists to represent the interests of its members to relevant stakeholders and to provide quality services and development opportunities for its membership.

The Union operates almost 200 student-led societies and 77 sports clubs for its members. Its student-run fundraising organisation, Karnival, is one of the largest in Europe raising £1.3million for good causes throughout 2011. It boasts the oldest Student Community Action (now the Student Volunteer Centre) which has approximately 3,000 students participating in over 120 projects. Students can also get involved in URN, the student radio station; New Theatre, the student run theatre; NUTS TV, the student TV station and Impact, the student magazine.

As well as this the Union also operates three retail outlets, two bars and a print shop to serve its members. Profits are passed back into the Union to fund member-based activities.

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More information is available from Lizzy McCaig, University of Nottingham Students’ Union, on +44 (0)115 846 8726,
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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