We are beginning the year 2014 on a high. Sophie, a Newcastle University approached us after deciding to fundraise for Success4All during RAG week.
Sophie is part of the Erasmus Society; a society that is open to anyone keen to meet new people from all around the world in the city we have built our Success4All community. All Newcastle University students are welcome, whether you are an international student studying here for a semester or two, or studying here full time. The members of the society are a mix of international students, language students and UK students from all degree disciplines, so it’s great if you want to meet new people, practise your language skills, or just have a good time!
Sophie decided on Success4All because she believed that the aims and goals of S4A really suited their society; and she was right! Our community is very diverse and we are keen to support children and young people gain and improve their language skills. At the moment we are running a German, Japanese, Portuguese and Arabic Club, as well as one-on-one support in Greek, French and Spanish.
Sophie and the rest of her Erasmus mates will be using RAG week to run a series of fundraising events; kicking off with a bake sale, followed by a coffee morning and finishing things off with a tapas speed dating night. Later in the year, they have plans for a fun run and a beach barbeque.
RAG stands for ‘Raising and Giving’ and is a student-led committee which organises all fundraising within Newcastle University Student Union throughout the academic year. The committee of RAG week consists of 30 students who work closely as a team to plan a host of charitable events, including the infamous ‘RAG week’. RAG week starts in January after the exam period; 150 plus students give their time up to raise as much money as possible, whilst having as much fun as they can through street collections, night time events, and curious fancy dress themes!
Importantly, the RAG volunteering which helps local charities is a great way for students to enhance their CVs and develops important employability skills such as, concern and commitment to your local community, time management, and being full of creative ideas. We would not only like to thank Sophie for supporting S4A this year, but we hope that she will enjoy fundraising for us , and that we can offer her helpful opportunities. We would also like to thank the Erasmus Society and applaud them for what they stand for, and hope that all the different types of students that possess different skills and talents are all learning from each other.
Good luck fundraising!