DUCK is Durham University's version of RAG, run exclusively by students at Durham University.
DUCK exists to support and facilitate students and staff in fundraising hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to benefit local, national and international charities. Here's where the money went last year.
We were was set up in the 1960s, and originally organised a single week-long event, but now operate the whole year round. We do it by running marathons and eating donuts, by trekking to Nepal and cycling across the UK, by stripping off and hitch-hiking to Dublin (although usually not at the same time).
Every year, DUCK sends thousands of students to do charitable work around the world, from Jordan to Edinburgh to Paris to Tanzania, and entertains thousands more through events like the famous Grand Durham DUCK race. All of this is made possible through the hard work and dedication of Durham University student volunteers, who will do whatever it takes to raise money for almost 200 charitable causes each year. As well as helping students fundraise for charities from Save the Children to Help for Heroes, we also run an annual allocations process, through which charities can apply for grants to fund specific projects. This process is how DUCK supports dozens of small, local causes every year. Our costs are covered by the unrestricted fundraising activities we organise each year. In 2011-12 DUCK were named the 'Best Fundraising Team' at the Institute of Fundraising's National Awards.
To find out more about how we keep our costs as low as possible, check out our document on DUCK's Fundraising Costs: Committment to Best Practice 2010.