RAU students drive up funds for charity with RAG Rally

15 Feb 2018

Students at the Royal Agricultural University took part in a RAG Rally this month to raise money for a number of selected charities.

On 2 February, more than 200 students in 80 vehicles took part in a rally which saw them drive to a mystery location, which was only revealed to them on the day. The students, who wore fancy dress and decorated their vehicles, were told to head for Lincoln and all set off on the 137 mile trip. On arrival they had the opportunity to meet fellow students from the University of Lincoln and enjoyed a fun night out in the city.

RAU RAG Rally 2018

Students made a donation to take part and also took part in fundraising events in Lincoln. RAG (Raise and Give) is an opportunity for students to come together and raise money for local and national charities. In previous years, students have raised in excess of £15,000 for the chosen causes.

This year, the students have chosen to support Great Western Air Ambulance as their main charity, alongside Scrubditch Care Farm, Farms for City Children and The Holly Tree Foundation Charity.

RAG Chairman, Primrose Brechtmann, commented on the success of the event, she said: “The Rally went off without a hitch and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We are looking forward to the fundraising events to come over the rest of the year and are very pleased to be supporting not just three but four charities for our 2017/18 RAG.”

RAU RAG Rally 2018

Upcoming RAG events include an auction held in the Student Union Tithe Barn at the RAU campus. Plus, the famous tractor pull through Cirencester, which sees students pull a tractor from Cirencester town centre, all the way to the RAU campus. Students will be collecting donations along the way.

Find out more about our RAG charities

Scrubditch Care Farm is located four miles north of Cirencester and provides therapeutic farm-based training and activities for vulnerable people.

Great Western Air Ambulance saves lives across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire.

Farms for City Children. Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.

The Hollytree Foundation Charity support the parent/carers of children in mental health units through small grants to aid the logistical & financial pressures in maintaining family contact.