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12 Things You Need To Know About Reading’s RAG Week

Raising and Giving is an institution at most universities and it is no different at Reading. From the 28th November to the 6th December RAG have a lot of opportunities for you to give back and have a lot of fun doing it.

1. This RAG Week is focusing on Giving.

This is one of the two RAG weeks in the year, next terms RAG Week will focus on “raising” whilst this week focuses on “giving” with lots of opportunities to volunteer.



2. The money being raised will go towards RAG’s chosen charities.

If you don’t know what these charities are they are Trust House. Creating Better Futures and Voice of the Child.

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3. RAG will be selling their naked calendars throughout the week.

A couple of weeks ago RAG got a bunch of the Reading sport societies naked and took a bunch of photos of them for your pleasure. Calendars are being sold at £12 or two for £20 in RUSU with the money going towards RAG’s chosen charities.

4. They are launching a food bank for Readifood.

Got any spare food or anything that you’ll probably just throw away when you go home for Christmas? Don’t waste it, give it to charity! Collection points will be in halls receptions, campus central, london road campus and student activities



5. On Tuesday you could potentially save a life with Give a Spit.

RAG has teamed up with Reading Marrow to give students the chance to sign up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register. all you need to do is fill in a form and give a spit sample, you’ll then be on the register until you’re 60. There is a 1 in 100 chance in your lifetime of being a match for someone with blood cancer such as Leukaemia. You can then go on to donate your stem cells in a process similar to giving blood and potentially save a person’s life. Get down to RUSU on the 3rd between 11-3.

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6. There are two opportunities to volunteer at Lakeside Residential Home.

Want to hang out with some really cool elderly people? If you’re free on Tuesday go down the home and decorate their Christmas tree or head down on Friday to play some bingo! This is a perfect opportunity to focus on the “giving” aspect of RAG week.

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7. There are charity talks being held at the University.

From 1pm onwards on Thursday, there will be having career-focused talks from 5 selected charities, a student-led volunteering project and a student intern. This is a perfect opportunity to pop along and find out more about what you can do to give back.



8.Reading University Domestic DIY Society (RUDDIYS) will be hosting a craft session in the union.

The session will be in aid of Naomi House.



9. RAG will be involved in the Santa Run taking place in Forbury Gardens.

Hundreds of people dressed as Santa running 5k… okay that’s happening. Email to get involved.



10. RAG will be taking over the Union on Wednesday. 

With lots of special treats including a new drink, Wednesday is already looking like a good night so get down and get smashed for a good cause!

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11. They are trying to beat their record for money donated in the RAG tin cans.

You will have seen them around uni in places like Campus Central, Mojo’s and Cerealworks but this week try and be generous with your change as RAG are trying to beat their record of £61 in a week.

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12. Curly Fries are back.

Probably the most exciting point. Last year’s decision of cutting curly fries in Mojo’s has not been a popular one but for one week THEY ARE BACK. They are £2.95 with 50p of every purchase going to charity so no need to feel guilty if you want to binge eat.



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