Written by Sam Leveridge, bathimpact Writer
It’s that time of year again, when for one week only there will be strange sights and weird and wonderful activities. If you’re wandering down Parade and notice people bungee jumping in the East car park, or people sleeping rough outside the library, don’t worry, it’s all part of RAG Week from 2 March until 6 March to support various charities.
It kicks off on Monday night, with a Night at Gatsby’s opening launch party in the Claverton Rooms. Tickets are on sale now on www.bathstudent.com for £10. The party will have a 1920’s theme and takes place from 9pm until 2am, with a live band and DJ performing. There’ll also be a casino and a raffle.
Tuesday night will see 60 participants sleeping rough outside the library. There will be entertainment from ChaOs, food and drinks, films and games for those who take part, who can sign up on www.bathstudent.com. This event is being held in support of Julian House, a charity in Bath which helps provide shelter and support to those affected by homelessness.
Another tough physical challenge will be held on Wednesday where you can abseil down the Avon Gorge, a height of 200ft for just £20. Transport to and from the event will be provided and you will be supported by trained professionals to help you down the Gorge. All money raised at this event will go to Worldwide Cancer Research.
If you’d rather go up than down, then Wednesday offers the chance to go tandem skydiving with Bath RAG at Dunkeswell Airfield alongside an experienced instructor, giving you a chance to skydive with just basic training.
You can then lay back and relax by enjoying a movie screening of Mean Girls at 7:30pm in 8W2.1 as part of Wear Pink Wednesday to raise money for Breast Cancer Research UK. The best pink outfit worn by each boy, girl, club, team and society will win a prize if they tweet a picture with the hashtag #bathwearspink.
Thursday at 8pm in the ICIA Arts Lecture Theatre is an opportunity for Bath’s best talents to showcase their skills in the Bath’s Got Talent contest. The crowd and judges will decide a winner to crown as Bath’s most talented act of 2015.
Friday will see the end of RAG Week and it will go out with a bang. First off you can bungee jump in East car park to give you views across campus and the city of Bath for £40 by buying your ticket at www.bathstudent.com.
RAG Week’s happy hour will witness ‘I’m an SU Officer…Get Me Out of Here!’’s return, where our beloved SU officers face challenges such as egg Russian roulette and drinking a non-alcoholic dirty pint in the hope of being crowned ‘King of Campus’.
That evening there will be the finale event, held at Second Bridge. Tickets will be available at a discounted rate of £4 each, and with each ticket sale £2 will go to RAG. Tickets for this event can only be bought at Friday’s RAG Week events, so make sure you go!
Throughout the week RAG will be running the #RAGSelflessSelfie campaign. The idea is that you choose something simple to give up for RAG Week, write what you’ve given up on a piece of paper and take a selfie with it. Then share it on social media and nominate your friends, and donate the money that you would have spent on what you’ve given up to RAG instead!
While some events are run with specific charities in mind, RAG will primarily be supporting their Big 4 for 2014/15.
These include Time2Share, a Bath based charity that help to build confidence and self-esteem of young disabled people by providing a non-judgemental environment and social outings with volunteer ‘befrienders’.
There is also Jamie’s Farm, which gives vulnerable inner city children the opportunity to experience life in the country and on a farm. It also provides therapy and support to help these children to flourish in education and their communities.
Forever Friends is another Bath based charity that raises money to support patients at the Royal United Hospital. Their current project is to support the building of a new cancer care centre at the hospital which would benefit 2,200 patients yearly.
The last of the big four is Unseen, a national charity which provides safe and secure emergency accommodation for female survivors of human trafficking. They aim to combat modern day slavery and prevent young females from being forced into slavery.
RAG Chair Matt Gilchrist said “It’s really warmed my heart to see how many students have given so much of their energy, spirit, creativity and dedication to put together this really incredible week, full of exciting events.”
See you there!