VOLUNTEERS are digging deep to make a difference.
Scores of Sunderland University students signed up to help raise funds for Meningitis UK, North East Autism Society, and Grace House North East during Raising and Giving (Rag) Week, which ends tomorrow.
The annual event – to raise awareness and boost funds for the causes – has seen volunteers take part in activities including cakes sales and charity nights.
Education and welfare officer at the Students’ Union, Chloe Jackson, said she wanted as many people as possible to get involved.
“We find it is quite successful because we get to speak to lots of different students,” she said.
“We raise money throughout the year, but this is one big drive to raise as much money as possible.
“Rag has been going at Sunderland for a number of years, but we have really put emphasis on it in the last four years, and this year we hope to beat our previous totals.”
Rag Week 2013 raised about £32,000 for charity, and saw a record number of people getting involved.
Chloe added: “We have had quite a lot of interest in volunteering this year.
“It is great for people to put on their CVs that they helped out, and we let the uni know that they are volunteering, so when they graduate it will go on their transcript.”
Earlier in the week a charity piggy bank was set up in nightclub Union.
Charity collections and games took place in bars Gatsby, Ruba and The Basement on Wednesday and there was a darts night at Sloans Sports Bar yesterday.
The week will be rounded off tonight with a charity event, during 21st Century Box club night, at Independent, Holmeside.
For more information, visit www.sunderlandsu.co.uk.