This year we held our first ever RAG Awards to celebrate all 957 of our amazing members. On an evening to remember at Alea Casino, 15 awards were given to the individuals and events that have made 2011/12 truly special, which were met by cheers and often tears from the winners.
We received over 212 nominations for the awards which were presented by George Stride and the outgoing RAG Committee of 2011-12. On the evening we also premiered our ‘Our Year’ video, celebrating the achievement of our members and fundraising for this year.
“It was literally everywhere and everyone on campus knew about the event. Incredible images and [an] incredibly hardworking team meant that the SSB had the best promotion of the year.”
“This year the RAG Hitchhike to Amsterdam raised over £9,000 for the Charity ECPAT International with 15% of the fundraising target going to the Leeds RAG Community Fund. The leaders managed to sign up over 70 volunteers for the hitch through actively recruiting in the first semester at the Fresher’s Fair, Intro Party and through lecture shout outs. .. Their dedication saw them run over 6 intro meetings and 4 health and safety meetings ensuring volunteers felt included and supported throughout their experience. They assisted volunteers with accommodation and organizing activities whilst in the city. They worked well as a team ensuring the success of the event.”
“It was the toughest but most valuable and rewarding experience of my life, and the people made it so much more special! I genuinely feel like a stronger person because of the challenge and met friends who I know I will stay in contact with well beyond uni.”
“The Honduras team have been phenomenal this year and I believe this hotly anticipated event has outshone all of the other projects this year. For this reason I think they are deserving of this award.”
“As an international student he didn’t come to Leeds until January but has jumped right in with everything we do. Signing up to Amsterdam hitch and Everest Project he has been a great member this year. He is always a friendly face around campus and has done extremely well with his fundraising. Everyone loves him. He has also turned up to several General events and is contemplating the Croatia hitch – well done Julian!”
“They organised a salsa night to raise money for the Honduras Project. Designing posters and using social media to advertise the event at Bar 7 saw a great turn out. Charlie led the salsa session and the event raised over 300 pounds for the cause. They were both extremely enthusiastic about the night and put a lot of effort into the organisation to ensure its success.”
“The event was incredible. The casino, games and auction itself was excellent. Several comments were made from those who attended the event saying how well it was organised. The charity was extremely grateful for the amount raised which was double that of last year.”
“They were extremely professional with the shops allowing them to get some of the best clothes the show has ever seen. They worked tirelessly to get the theme in place with the clothing and ensured the models were respectful with the clothes they borrowed. They had excellent communication skills and were always happy to go the extra mile to make the show success.”
“The support team for Bike to Berlin were incredible! They took care of 50 cyclists as they rode 600 miles in 8 days, raising over £24,000 for the MS Society. The ride couldn’t have happened without them. They made 1500 sandwiches, cooked 48kg of porridge (and only burned it once!), put up 96 tents and drove 2000 miles.”
“Between the two of them, first years Rosie and Serena managed to raise a staggering £332.64 during the Manchester raid in October. Both girls were extremely enthusiastic throughout the whole day, were never without massive smiles on their faces and both had cracking costumes (fitting in with the doctors and nurses theme, Serena dressed up as a red cross… inspired). They were an absolute pleasure to have on the raid and were absolutely first class raiders. Woo!”
“It is remarkable for a General Event to raise over £1,500, so for a new General Event to achieve such a feat is an extraordinary achievement. The organisation of the event was meticulous and even when having to change locations, the girls were unperturbed. In addition, the prizes sourced for the contestants were fantastic and added an extra element to the show which the audience loved. “
“They ate, drank and slept RAG for the last 12 months and I don’t believe they’ve taken their fingers off the button for the entire year. Particular highlights must be the INCREDIBLE introduction of the first Take Me Out, the amazing amounts raised at the Fashion Show, the Auction of Promises and the Speed Datings and the securing of the library fines donations for RAG week. The community fund would have suffered without them. They are universally adored by their organisers and have created such binding relationships and connections that I believe General Events will just go from strength to strength each year.”
“The Fashion Show is without a doubt not only the RAG event of the year, but the Leeds University Union event of the year. The audience watched on with open mouths as the models, support team, committee, designers, directors, and all else involved, put on a truly breath taking event.”
“She was absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond what anyone could imagine possible, I was astonished, and she truly deserves the greatest recognition. I just wish there were a greater award to give!”
“Jonathon has been such a key player in taking Leeds RAG to the next level this year. His talent, innovation and creativity has ensured that we have an online presence that is second to none. I can speak for all of the committee that getting to know him has been an absolute pleasure. He’s also been a vital part of Tour to France which won challenge of the year. We owe him a lot and look forward to seeing his rise to the top!”
We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to making the awards a such a memorable night. Right from the start of the evening we were wowed by violinist Kate Chruscicka and magician Josh Smith. In between awards we were treated by the talented signer and pianist, Phoebe Katie; beat-boxer Kimmy Lawrence; and music from our DJ for the evening, James Bramley.
We were also thrilled to be joined by Leeds University Union’s Best Society for 2011/12 – Irish Dancing – and the mind blowing break dancers, Clean North. As the awards came to an end, the night truly got underway with Zee and the Essentials – winners of our Battle of the Bands event!
None of this would have been possible without the hard work and love put in by our Coordinator, Christina Owen and Lauren Staddon, our outgoing President. Of course, our true thanks go to each and every one of our RAG members whose dedication helped us have such a great year.