Quite simply, a ragraid is a street collection. All you need to do is stand on a street corner with a bucket and persuade people to part with their cash.
Ragraids can be hugely rewarding experiences – in a few hours, you can collect enough money to pay for a nurse for a day in a cancer hospice or fund a day of lifesaving scientific research. The satisfaction of watching someone stop in a busy street in an effort to put a £10 note in your bucket is something that you can only experience on a ragraid. They can also be great at confidence-boosting – especially when you are dressed in a ridiculous costume in the middle of a busy street on a Saturday lunchtime.
They are a great way to explore the North East as well as places further afield. There are a huge variety of rag raids that can take you to Leeds or Sheffield for a day or for a longer trip to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or London. It gives you a great opportunity to spend some time in a new city, giving you time to go shopping or for a night out.
And if this is not enough to convince you to come, transport and accommodation is completely free. We’ll sometimes ask for a deposit to ensure that you don’t spend the whole day in the pub, but you’ll get it back if you raise some money.
For more information carry on reading through all these pages (release your inner charity geek) or contact Josh Kaye, this year's ragraids coordinator, or even your college rep.