RAG (Raising & Giving)

LSESU RAG - the fundraising arm of the Students' Union!

LSESU RAG is one of the fastest growing RAG societies in the country, raising over £200,000 last year alone! Three-time award winning, RAG raises money for a number of amazing causes, facilitates society and club fundraising, and tries to increase students' exposure to amazing charitable causes.

Choose who we fundraise for

At the start of every academic year LSE students get to vote for which groups RAG should fudraise for for that year. This year LSE students voted for their favourite choice for local, national, and international charities. 2% of funds raised in the 2017/18 academic year will be used as a RAG budget for the following year if no sponsorship is found.

Charities of the Year Election is closed! Come back soon to find out your chosen charities!

The causes that LSE students chose to support last year (2016/2017) are:

Local Charity of the Year:

  • Real Action:
  • Real Action helps children in deprived areas in West London learn to read, fulfilling every child's Right to Read.

National Charity of the Year:

  • StudentMind: 
  • Student Mind is the UK’s student mental health charity. Through their national network of university groups, they aim to empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others.

International Charity of the Year:

  • AMAR Foundation: 
  • AMAR is an award-winning charity that works in the Middle East, improving the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Iraq and Lebanon.

Once-in-a-lifetime Challenges: 

Our international challenge offerings this year are the most diverse and exciting yet:

Everest Base Camp for Hope for Children

Our debut challenge this year! Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal, is one of the all time greatest achievements and promises majestic sights of the snow-capped Himalaya peaks. As one of the more challenging treks, each step on Everest vows to be rewarding for both your team and the children that Hope For Children, our partnering charity for this challenge, supports. This challenge will take place over summer 2018.

Machu Picchu Trek for Action Against Hunger

As LSESU RAG's most popular external challenge last year, we are anything but short of participants who would encourage you not to miss out on this once in a lifetime     opportunity. With a slightly smaller fundraising target than our Kilimanjaro hike but equally beautiful sights of the Peruvian Andes and Ancient City, Machu Picchu has been a favourite amongst students. Continuing from last year's success, we are running the challenge again with the fantastic charity Action Against Hunger who work to save the lives of malnourished children. This challenge will take place over summer 2018.

Bilbao Nighttime Marathon for Children's Society

LSESU RAG is taking our marathons to the next level this year. With fireworks, live music, and the warm Spanish breeze flying through your hair, the Bilbao X km marathon is guaranteed to be an unprecedented experience whether it is your first marathon or your hundredth. With lots of support from our partnering charity, the Children's Society, in both training and fundraising, this is a fantastic challenge for all the adrenaline-seeking, night-loving runners out there. The marathon will take place on 21st October 2017.

Legendary Events: 

RAG also has a huge number of events planned such as the unforgettable RAG Band, Winter Ball, and our RAG Week in Week 3 of Lent Term. 

RAG Band 2017

The RAG Band will get you free entry into the official Welcome Week club nights, plus your very own Battle of the Halls t-shirts. These club nights have been selected by LSE students, for LSE students, and are part of the official LSE Students' Union Welcome Week which includes trips and tours across London, alcohol-free Alternative Freshers' Nights, and the unmissable two-day extravaganza that is the Welcome Fair.

LSESU RAG will be hosting these club nights in some of London’s most famous clubs between the 17th and 21st of September. Details of the nights and (plus freebies included in the RAG Pack) will be revealed via Facebook in the coming weeks.  Your purchase of the RAG Band will help us fundraise even more this year, meaning your partying is helping amazing causes, both at home and abroad.

You must be 18 years of age, or over, to attend RAG Band events, this is due to UK licencing laws.

For all the latest information, join the Facebook event, like LSESU RAG on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

To get info about ALL of LSE Students' Union's Welcome Week events, head to the only official full LSE Freshers' groups: http://bit.ly/lsesuug17 (for Undergrads) and http://bit.ly/lsesupg17 (for Postgrads).

RAG Week 2018

This is a week where we run various cgharitable and volunteering events throughout the week ranging from puppy therapy with All Dogs Matter to a charitable Dragon's Den style event with the Young Funding Network (YFN) and the LSE Volunteer Centre.

If your society or club would like to collaborate with RAG during RAG week, get in touch with us: su.rag@lse.ac.uk

Fundraisers Code of Conduct:

LSESU RAG has a responsibility to the Union, the School, and the charities it fundraises for, to fundraise in a responsible and transparent way. Anyone working with LSESU RAG, on an event or using RAG collection buckets is operating under the LSESU RAG banner and name. Therefore LSESU RAG asks those fundraising to be respectful of this and to operate in a professional, polite and positive manner when dealing with other students, staff and the general public. RAG aims to provide ongoing support and training to volunteer fundraisers.

RAG must always:

  • - Ensure that organisers brief their volunteers on the fundraising activity and that fundraisers are properly briefed on their relationship to the charity that they are raising money for.
  • - Provide fundraisers with information on RAG and the charity they are fundraising for so that they can properly explain this to members of the public/wider student body.

Fundraisers must always:

  • - Conduct their activities in such a way as not to bring RAG, LSESU, or LSE into disrepute.
  • - Be courteous and non-aggressive.
  • - Make sure to not impede, obstruct or cause a nuisance to members of the public and the wider LSE community.
  • - Be clear that they are representatives of RAG, and are not representatives of an external charity (excluding special circumstances such as RAG Raids).
  • - Seek permission from relevant authorities to undertake fundraising activities and comply with the law.
  • - Inform RAG of their fundraising activities before they undertake them.

Celebrating Student Volunteering and Fundraising at LSE

Get your volunteering and fundraising work recognised by the LSE community.

Every year the Students' Union recognise student led fundraising on the LSE campus through the SU Awards, where you can get your chance to be recognised for your efforts and be in with a chance to win 'Best Contribution to Student Fundraising' or 'Best Fundraising Project/Event'.

LSESU RAG also work in collaboartion with the LSE Volunteer Centre to run an annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. The LSE Volunteering Awards recogise a LSE student and charitable organisation that have gone above and beyond for 'LSE Volunteer of the Year' and 'Voluntary Organisation of the Year'.

RAG's Events Calendar

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