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Students raise over £1.3m

University students raised more than £1.3 million pounds for charity during 2011.

The money was raised by Karnival, the fundraising section of the University of Nottingham Students’ Union with a variety of events throughout the year. The final figure of £1,322,249 was announced at the end of the year to a crowd of 900 at Karnival’s annual Snowflake Ball.

The money will be split between local and national charities including The Royal National Institute of Blind People, Age UK, The British Legion, and The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Karnival Director Chris Bowman said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved with this organisation as heavily as I have, and to raise such a phenomenal amount of money for some of the world’s most vulnerable people could not be more of an honour. Thanks to every student who has participated; you really have made a difference to lives.”

Students took part in a variety of sponsored events throughout the year, including trekking the Machu Picchu Inca Trail in Peru, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and walking along the Great Wall of China. There were also many traditional fundraising activities such as rag raids and club nights.

Karnival, also known as Karni, became the first RAG society to raise over £1million for charity in a single year in 2009. It has also won the coveted Breast Cancer Campaign’s RAG of the Year award and has helped Nottingham’s St Augustine’s Primary School keep their school bus running.

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union runs nearly 200 societies and 77 sports clubs. Its student-run fundraising organisation, Karnival, is one of the largest in Europe and includes a Student Volunteer Centre, which has approximately 3,000 students participating in over 120 projects.

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