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We’ve been asking ourselves the same question for years; it’s the week that gives Raise And Give societies up and down the country their name, but where on Earth did it go? It’s about time to reinstate the biggest week of charity fundraising out there, right here in the heart of London - and it’s going to be a big one.

After sell-out event ‘LOST’ back in November, which raised over £4000 for VITAL for Children by dropping a blacked-out bus filled with students on a beach in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but instruction to race back to UCL without spending any money at all on transport, it’s safe to say, we can expect some exciting (if a little crazy) things from RAG Week.

Over 200 charity applications have been narrowed down to just four chosen charities where the cash we raise at UCL will be heading; all proceeds will go to: VITAL for Children, Phab, Hope For Children and the Sickle Cell Society, who all do amazing work for very worthy causes.

In addition to week-long cash collections and raffles around campus, (if you can’t dance around in a giant pig costume rattling a bucket of cash for charity in RAG week, when can you?) we’ve put together a comprehensive overview of the week’s events to help you choose what’s worth it. Who knew making an impact could be so easy?

Monday 19: Jailbreak Pre-departure Party

Kick off the week in style at a venue that sells happy hour cocktails better than you’ve ever had. Head to Simmons bar for a few drinks, and to hear about all things RAG: what’s coming up later in the week, hitchhiking stories old and new, and enjoy the greatest happy hour that London has to offer.

Location: Simmons Euston Square, 19:00 til late

Admission: Free

Tuesday 20: Quiz Night @ Student Central

Bring a team and test your knowledge at one of the best pub-quizzes in the capital. Amongst the usual bar-tab quiz prizes, the evening will feature a number of testing challenges, with some outrageous prizes up for grabs!

Location: The Library Bar, Student Central, 19:30 for a 20:00 start

Admission: Free

Wednesday 21: Loop Goes RED For RAG

Joining the sports clubs for one Wednesday only, don your red rags and join the rush from Phineas to Loop, as RAG heads to Sportnight.

Location: Phineas Bar → Loop, 19:00 til late

Admission: £3 / £5 at Loop on the door

Thursday 22: Music Night

If you think you’ve got what it takes to shine on stage, or fancy sampling some of the best talent at UCL, head to the BASc common room on Thursday for an evening of stellar entertainment. Expect soulful singers, crazy-good musicians, and of course, the RAG pig mascot in attendance too.

Location: BASc Common Room, 1-4 Malet Place, UCL, 19:00-22:00

Admission: Free with optional charity donation


Friday 23: So You Think You Can Date?

A dating show with a twist, RAG joins forces with UCLe and UCLove. Promising to be one of the most cringey, comical, potentially controversial events of the year, we put dating to the test: participants will select a date without using their vision to make the decision.

Location: Cruciform LT2, UCL, 17:30-19:30

Admission: £2, check Facebook for ticket updates

Saturday & Sunday 24-25: Jailbreak

Celebrated as RAG’s biggest event every year, Jailbreak returns in 2018: 36 hours to get as far as you can spending no money on transport? How far will you go? With past winners making it to Istanbul, the Canary Islands, and even New York, we’re excited to see how this year pans out…

Location: ???

Admission: £30 (+ £50 minimum fundraising target), last couple of tickets available here

It’s set to be an exhilarating week! Keep an eye out for updates from RAG on social media, and remember to check out how far teams manage to travel in UCL’s biggest hitchhiking challenge, Jailbreak.

Follow the UCL RAG Facebook page for updates on RAG Week.

UCL RAG Week, proudly sponsored by the UCL Shop, Student Central, Aviva Community Fund

Partnered with UCLe, UCLove, UCLguild

Raising funds on behalf of VITAL, Phab, Hope For Children, Sickle Cell Society