Students smash £1.4m barrier


January 14th, 2011

Students at The University of Nottingham have raised a record-breaking £1.4m for charity this year.

Last year, Karnival — the Students’ Union fundraising organisation — became the fi rst in the UK to smash the £1m barrier.

This year’s figure was announced at the Karnival Snowflake Ball in December. Student challenges raised more than £630,000 for Childreach International, with challenges including a Great Wall of China trek and an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Traditional fundraising activities, such as rag raids, 7-Legged, Mr & Miss Nottingham and The Snowflake Ball also boosted the total, with the proceeds of those events going to local and national charities, including the Poppy Appeal (£85,000), Breast Cancer Campaign (£50,000), The Meningitis Trust (£31,000), and Link Community Development (£52,000).

Karnival Director Sam O’Flaherty paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Karni committee and reps, and all those who donated time or money.

He said: “Karnival’s total shows that students at Nottingham are more philanthropic, hard-working and outgoing than students at any other university in the country. “What other university has students that collected £50,796 for the Poppy Appeal in one day after waking up at 5am after a torrid night’s sleep on a school gym floor? What other university has over 200 students that climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro this summer to raise almost £400,000 for children in developing countries? None.

“No other university has students like those at Nottingham and it is because of these students that Karnival has cemented its title as the ‘largest student-run RAG organisation in Europe’.”

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