Vice Chancellor donates £1000 to Carnival Rag

VC digs into his own pocket for charity!


The Vice Chancellor, Professor David Eastwood, has announced that he will personally be donating £1000 to the Children’s Trust.

On Tuesday night, Carnival Rag held its annual allocations evening. At the event, the 12 shortlisted charities nominated by committee and sabbatical officers, each gave a presentation in hope of receiving the society’s yearly fundraising total.

A vote was put to all members of the society, where ultimately six charities were elected to receive this years financial support: React, Meningitis Research, Dementia UK, Prostate Cancer, Children’s Society and Nightline.

The Vice Chancellor stated that he and his wife would donate to this charity, regardless of whether it was chosen by Carnival.

Carnival Rag, one of UoB’s oldest student societies, hosts a range of fundraising events including the famous Escape and Evade (and the infamous Enigma) and launches appeals such as requests of aid for those affected by the Philippines disaster. All events are aimed at raising awareness and money for the selected charities.

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Carnival Rag treasurer, Frankie Greenwall, commented on the the evening “as a chance for all of those involved with Carnival to take part in choosing where the money goes to, and acting as a humbling reminder as to why money continues to be raised.”

As well as an appearance from the Vice- Chancellor, the evening saw attendance from Professor Jeff Bale, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for education and University Fundraiser (and ex- president) Tom DeFraine, who all spoke about the fundamental importance of the evening and the society’s continuing work.

Its’s nice to see the UoB big boys doing some good for charity!