Student set charity fundraising record

16 Jan 2013 20:28:54.210

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The University of Nottingham Students’ Union charity organisation, Karnival, is now the largest student-led fundraising group in Europe, after raising £1.6 million for good causes in 2012.

The record breaking total was achieved after students organised a series of fundraising events throughout the year. These included summer challenges to Mount Kilimanjaro and South America, cycle trips across countries as well as large-scale fundraising events in Nottingham.

After announcing the total at the Snowflake Ball, incoming Karnival Director, Matthew Furniss commented: “I am delighted to have been part of the team of representatives that were able to raise such an incredible amount.”

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“I hope that with the continued support of Nottingham students, our dedicated Karnival team, the Students’ Union and all of our charity and business partners, we will be able to raise even more money for some fantastic charities in the year to come.”

After congratulating the student run charity, University of Nottingham Registrar Paul Greatrix, added: “The University is proud of the fundraising activities of Karnival. Its success in once again exceeding all previous totals is testimony to the hard work of the many students involved.”

Among the good causes to benefit from Karnival activities in 2012 were: Oxfam, the Poppy Appeal, Hope for Children, the Meningitis Trust and Children in Need. Volunteers were also presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Breast Cancer Campaign award in May, for continually outstanding fundraising over the last 16 years; an accolade never previously won by a student-run organisation.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United KingdomChina and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims 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 Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union: The University of Nottingham Students’ Union is one of the largest in the sector with nearly 36,000 members on campuses in the UK. 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 over 200 student-led societies and groups and 74 sports clubs for its members. Its student-run fundraising organisation, Karnival, is one of the largest in Europe raising over £1.6million for good causes throughout 2012. It boasts the oldest Student Volunteer Centre which has approximately 3,000 students participating in over 120 projects. URN, the student radio station, Impact, the student magazine and NUTS, the student-run TV station, have all won a clutch of recent national accolades.

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

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For more information please contact the Karnival team at
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

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

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