The RAG committee is always hard at work planning new fundraising events and schemes, and helping others plan theirs. Each year we kick off with RAGfest - a festival of fundraising during Freshers' Week. Throughout the year we organise awesome social events such as the November Amsterdam trip, and offer fantastic opportunities like skydiving, climbing mountains or getting your kit off for the annual RAG calendar.
We also go out on a few 'RAG raids' each term - not as piratical as it sounds, but actually street collections for a range of charities. Each May sees the return of EnviroRAG Week - a whole week of environmental and charitable goodness with loads happening on campus. Whenever you see the RAG logo, you know we're not far away, so dig deep into your pockets and prepare to give some change to our dedicated team.
RAG is a SUSU department run by a team of student volunteers. As well as running our own events, we approve all fundraising that takes place in SUSU. This is a legal requirement, because SUSU is a charity. Find out more about running your own fundraiser.
If you're in need of some brownie points and want to help out the RAG team, you're more than welcome. You may even decide to become part of the team at the heart of it all, by running for a committee position at our AGM in the spring. Get involved in the RAG Committee.
According to the ever reliable source that is Wikipedia, Student Rags began as a manifestation of the rivalry between University College London (UCL) and King's College London, the two oldest and largest colleges of the University of London. These late nineteenth century rags "often featured cross-dressing and processions that mirrored official celebrations. The rag permitted students to reaffirm their group loyalties in a lively and colourful way while raising money for charity." Post-1945 the emphasis became more upon charitable activity than frivolous rivalry, and the 'Rag Week' emerged, with processions, publicity stunts and charity collections. Read more about RAG's history.