Choose Your Charity…

Whenever any student from the University of Southampton raises money for charity they are contributing to RAG wheather they know it or not.

Each year RAG keep a total of all the fundraising that SUSU students do, this is made up of fundraising RAG organise and co-ordinate centrally and fundraising that individuals or groups do external to the committees organisation.

But where does all this fundraising go?

  • Individuals/Groups (Not Organised by the RAG commtitee) funds that are raised go to the individual charities that they wish to raise for. i.e. Southampton Marrow might do a Auction Night and the funds will be donated to Marrow/Anthony Nolan.
  • RAG Organised Fundraising donates money to three main charities that are selected by the Student Body (You Guys!). There are three categories Local, National and Intenational and one of each is selected.

This year we have moved the selection of the charities the committee fundraise for to an online process. Nominations have been submitted and any SUSU memeber can vote here.

Voting Closes at 3pm Friday 29th July 2012.

For more info on the Charities nominated see below (These have been written by the nominators):

Quick Link: LocalNational | International


Samaritans Southampton – Samaritans offers emotional support to people who are feeling distressed, despairing or even suicidal 24/7 through phone calls, face-to-face meetings, e-mails and texts. Although Samaritans is a national charity, each branch itself is it’s own unique charity and has to raise it’s own funds to keep going. The Southampton branch of Samaritans, which has supported students and residents of Southampton for nearly 60 years, still needs to raise enormous amounts of money yearly just to stay open. Not only do the Samaritans support many students here at Southampton, but the Southampton branch also has many Southampton students volunteering there. It would be great if SUSU RAG could support the charity which has supported students for nearly 60 years.

Southampton Mencap – Southampton Mencap is affiliated with the main body of Mencap but a separate charity. Southampton Mencap support people with learning disabilities in the southampton area to access leisure services. Southampton Mencap also runs a number of clubs such as youth clubs and lunch clubs to enable people with learning disabilities to have more social contacts. The charity is very beneficial to people with LD in Southampton and relies on funding to keep running.

SERV Wessex – This charity consists of volunteer motorcyclists who dedicate their time to act as blood runners when the National Blood Service do not operate, for example, overnight and on bank holidays. This is to provide hospitals with an alternative method of transporting blood in emergencies, rather than relying upon taxis which they used to do. This not only saves the hospitals money, but helps to save lives. They often work with the Hospitals in Southampton and so may come into contact with some of SUSU’s medical students. In promoting this, SUSU could also help to bolster their numbers if members of the SUSU Motorcycling club decided to volunteer their time, as well as being able to help encourage the hospitals to make use of this valuable service more. More information can be found at

The Rose Road Association– The charity’s a local charity called the Rose Road Association, and they do amazing work with young people who are severely disabled and have a really young mental age. They have essentially two places where the kids can go, where they can either be in Rosewood school, or just the overnight Oaks and Acorns centre so that their parents can have a rest. The main aim of Rose Road is to enable these children to have a way of communicating with the rest of the world, so that even if their parents can’t be there for them, they can still let people know what they want and need.

They should be chosen by SUSU because what they do is awe-inspiring. It was started in an old lady’s front room, and now takes care of children from all over Southampton and parts of Hampshire. I really feel like we should be doing all that we can to support them, and RAG would be an amazing way of making a substantial difference to these children’s lives.


Marrow – Marrow is the student group of Anthony Nolan. We work alongside Anthony Nolan to help recruit people to the register, which links potential donors with people who desperately need a stem cell transplant. We run clinics to sign people up to the register to potentially be a bone marrow donor, and also run fundraising events throughout the year.

Age UK – This charity has recently merged with Age Concern & Help the Aged and is the predominant provider of help to the elderly in the country. As our aging population has continued and does continue to increase, this charity has become increasingly strained under the pressure. My mum works for the council as a social worker for the elderly, and she is constantly talking about the fantastic and necessary work this charity does. As well as this, my grandma is always going to events arranged by Age UK in the area, and it is clear that without them there she would have a far smaller social circle and not learn the key skills they are able to offer; a good example being the computer lessons she has received from them.

I think this would be a fantastic charity to raise not only money but awareness for, because as young students the needs of the elderly are often not made clear enough to us.

 Banardos – “Barnardo’s transforms the lives of vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our projects, our campaigning and our research expertise.

We believe we can bring out the best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.”

There is a Banardo’s Society here at the University which hasn’t gotten much publicity but they’ve been collecting lots of money with quizzes and buckets. It’d be lovely for them to get some publicity to get lots of people on board with this brilliant charity.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK –Crohn’s and Colitis are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD- not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS) which last a lifetime and for which there is no known cure. They can strike at any age but most commonly begin in young people. Around 240,000 people in the UK have these conditions and more are diagnosed each year.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the major UK charity offering information and support to people affected by these conditions. Established in 1979 as a partnership between patients, their families, friends and the health professionals caring for them, services include helplines, a wide range of printed and downloadable information, a website with web forum for young people and local community groups that bring people together for mutual support. We also raise awareness, campaign for better health care and fund vital research.

Invest In M.E – The charity fund biomedical research into M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which is a fairly poorly understood disease with no current cure. Most people do not take M.E/C.F.S seriously as it is largely thought to be ‘all in the head’. However, my mother suffers from this and I have seen first hand how detrimental it can be. Taking to dog for a walk one day can lead to an entire day in bed recovering, as well as constant flu like symptoms. If RAG select this charity, they can raise awareness and help fight the negative attitude that many people have of this illness, as well as raising money toward finding a cure.

RNLI – The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. They provide professional 24/7 search and rescue operations that covers 19,000 miles of coastline in the UK and RoI. The charity has saved 139,000 lives since its foundation in 1824.They need a lot of funding for lifeboats, equipment, lifeguard patrols, maintaining lifeboat stations and funding their courageous life-saving crew. They do a remarkable job and most of their funding comes from public generosity and it would be great if you could have a look at all the good work they have done at and consider them as one of the charity RAG will fundraise for.

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust –

Aplastic Anaemia is a serious rare disease that develops when the bone marrow fails to produce all types of blood cells. The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting sufferers of Aplastic Anaemia and allied disorders. Few people know about this disease despite the fact that it is as common as some types of leukaemia and just as devastating, sometimes fatal. The AAT is dedicated to changing this by funding research and treatment, as well as to the provision of support for patients and their families in the form of our AA Support Group.

Only 1 in 1 million people per year are diagnosed with the disease, and this charity provides the support that you really need as a patient. I was diagnosed aged 17 and they have been invaluable – they help you get in touch with other patients to share experiences, organise fund-raising days and help with absolutely anything you need them for, even if it’s just an upset rant down the phone.

I’ve met amazing people through the AAT and they really need your money – currently it’s all run from a shed in someone’s back garden! As previously mentioned, the effects of this condition can be life-changing in many ways. 25 years ago, no more than 3 in 10 AA patients survived for a year, but today as many as 8 in 10 will be restored to a good quality of life. The AAT have helped this, however, there is still a long way to go, and the AAT is the only way this is going to happen – they need help to continue the support they’re so good at.


Help Age India – HelpAge India is secular, not-for-profit organization registered under the Societies’ Registration Act of 1860. We were set up in 1978, and since then have been raising resources to protect the rights of India’s elderly and provide relief to them through various interventions.

We voice the needs of India’s 90 million (current estimate) “grey” population, and directly impact the lives of lakhs of elders through our services every year. We advocate with national & local government to bring about policy that is beneficial to the elderly. We make society aware of the concerns of the aged and promote better understanding of ageing issues. We help the elderly become aware of their own rights so that they get their due and are able to play an active role in society.

Right to Play – Right To Play is committed to every child’s right to play. We give children a chance to become constructive participants in society, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social background or religion. Through games and sports, we help create social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

A team of top athletes from more than 40 countries support Right To Play. As role models, these athletes inspire children and raise awareness about Right To Play internationally. Our aim is to engage key decision-makers from the development, sport, business, media and government sectors and further ensure every child benefits from the positive power of sport and play.

Each week, more than 700,000 children take part in regular sport and play activities and a combined total of more than 1 million children attend regular programming and special sports events and festivals. This is made possible by more than 16,000 local coaches, teachers and leaders

Support for International Change – Support for International Change (SIC) has a charity which work to minimize the impact of HIV and AIDs in Tanzania.

In Tanzania, 1 in 20 people are HIV positive. This statistic is so large due to the lack of education about the virus and the lack of healthcare in the country. The charity focuses in educating schools and rural communities about the virus and about condom use. There are many myths and false beliefs about HIV and condoms in the country and so it takes a great deal of effort and education from the volunteers from the UK and America who run educational campaigns in communities. The charity runs mobile HIV testing centres and also support programmes for those with HIV as those who have the virus are faced with a huge amount of stigma. Without the charity, due to the lack of education and health care, HIV transmission will increase, devastating the lives of thousands of people.

The UK branch of the charity also run the ‘HIVE’ programme, which stands for ‘HIV Education’, teaching about the virus to UK schools, with branches at Southampton, Liverpool and Belfast medical schools. The UK National committee is currently largely made up of Southampton medical students and post graduates, which is a fantastic achievement and all the more reason for Southampton RAG to support the charity.

For more information:

The Kayhan Foundation – The Kayhan Foundation has been established in 2012 in memory of Kayhan Meghji who was born with acute myeloid leukaemia on 1 Nov 2011 and died 2 days later. Objectives: The Foundation has been established as a UK registered charity with the objective of improving the lives of mothers and children with a specific focus on healthcare and education. The Foundation will be active in the UK, East Africa and South Asia reflecting Kayhan’s heritage. The charity aims to start by providing funding and support to the intensive care unit where Kayhan was cared for, and then go onto supporting projects that are already set up in this area – providing the final bit of funding that they need in order to complete their task. From here, the charity aims to start its own projects, with a focus on specific initiatives and areas which are under-funded and where it is able to make a distinct impact. As this charity is brand new, it is important that it gets as much support as possible in order to become successful. Due to the fact that it has been set up in the memory of a baby, there is a lot of drive behind it, and received over 200 facebook likes within the first 2 days of being launched. However, as the charity is currently small scale, its publicity is low and therefore although the money is slowly coming in, it is not enough to achieve its aims. I believe that having the support of RAG will really make a difference for getting this charity off the ground so that it can make a substantial difference in an area that is under-supported. The trustees of The Kayhan Foundation have specialist knowledge in relevant areas that the charity aims to support. Sofia and Raheman Meghiji have both graduated from the London School of Economics and have pursued careers in the financial sector. This means that they have a tight grip on dealing with finance and will be able to ensure that the Foundation will seek to minimise administration costs and maximise the impact of funds by supporting initiatives with measurable, long term and sustainable impacts. Further, trustees Dr Jamillah Meghji (a practicing UK doctor, with international medical experience) and Suba Sivakumaran (professional in the field of humanitarian aid and international development working for the United Nations) will be sure to provide the expert knowledge required to create projects geared towards the charities aims. Together, the trustees will be able to ensure effective use of funds in the relevant areas, whilst ensuring that expenses are minimum.

Water Aid – It helps bring clean water and sanitation to people all over the world and teaches local communities about sanitation and hygiene. Currently, one in eight people do not have access to safe drinking water and water aid is a charity set up to help combat this.

Womankind Worldwide – The charity works with grass-roots women’s rights organisations in developing countries. Whether the focus is violence in the home, female genital mutilation, rape, or education, Womankind Worldwide helps local groups in local communities improve gender equality and the rights of women. Across the world, women and girls are subject to discrimination because they are female: rape is used as a weapon of war, and even in the UK 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime; millions of girls are denied education because of their gender, and huge numbers are married against their will before their thirteenth birthday; millions of women die every year because they have little or no access to maternal healthcare, whilst billions are spent on the military; on average, 50% of the world’s women will suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime. Womankind believes local women know what is best for them and their community. Their role is to facilitate and support groups that are already changing their society for the better.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) – Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is a charity which uses a global knowledge base and local solutions, providing help and support for people suffering from dementia and their carers.

I feel this is a charity which a lot of people identify with and are willing to support as it is a common yet detrimental disease. It is particularly appealing as it is not only an international charity but an umbrella orginisation and has members all over the developed and developing world, offering support to those with dementia and their carers.

The charity was suggested to my by a close friend at the University who is cycling over 1000 miles to Italy to support Alzheimers as his grandmother suffers from it. It would be a huge boost to be able to tell him that the support could go well into next year!

Action Against Hunger – Action Against Hunger (ACF) is an international humanitarian organisation with a focus on ending world hunger. They specialise in responding to emergency situations of war, conflict and natural disaster. They are also one of the only few organisations who work in the Bakool and Benadir region of Somalia and were especially important during the 2011 East Africa crisis. I did an internship with them last Summer and they really are a fantastic charity. They also offer many internships (most of their staff are interns), thus this could benefit students who want to get into the charity sector.

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4 Comments on "Choose Your Charity…"

  1. Hannah
    20/06/2012 at 12:02 am Permalink


    I just noticed that there are some charities that have greater amounts of explanation than others. Why did this happen?


  2. Hannah
    20/06/2012 at 9:10 am Permalink

    The descriptions are taken from the nominations submitted by students so they vary in length.

  3. Hannah
    21/06/2012 at 1:04 pm Permalink

    Shorter the better I say. WaterAid win my vote =)

  4. Hannah
    Hannah Robinson
    21/06/2012 at 2:03 pm Permalink

    Vote for WaterAid! Southampton have just set up their own WaterAid society. Water is just a vital resource and taken for granted around the world. Get involved! 🙂

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