Events project which aims to raise thousands for local charities launched at RGU

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched The Main Event which has seen students raise over £100k for local charities so far.

The Main Event, which is part of RGU’s Events Management degree taught at The School of Creative and Cultural Business, involves students working with various local charities to host a number of events in the city to raise funds and awareness.

The project was first launched in 2013 and previous events run by the students have won awards at The Scottish Event Awards, the National Outdoor Events Association and ACVO.

This year there are nine groups of Events Management final year students working with nine different charities; Aberlour, The Archie Foundation, Alcohol and Drugs Action, Cornerstone, Clan, Inspire, Make a Wish, Marie Curie and VSA.

Each group of students will be allocated a charity who will receive the profits from their event and to make the challenge a little bit more difficult, the students must design an event which does not form part of their charity's normal events calendar but sticks to their brand and principles.

The students have to produce an event template which can be gifted to their charity alongside the profits, enabling the recipient to run the event in future years.

Dr Rachael Ironside, lecturer in Events Management, said: “We are delighted to be launching the Main Event again this year. In the last three years the students have designed some incredible events and raised excellent profile and funds for their charities, over £100k!

"I have no doubt that we will see another very successful year of creative and innovative events from our students.”

As well as aiming to raise thousands for charity as part of this project, the students have already won an award for an event they ran while in their third year.

Aberdeen Student Festival was a multi-arts and culture festival inspired and run by the third year students which brought an exciting collection of weekend events to the city.

They won the Student Event of the Year category at the Scottish Event Awards which are dedicated to celebrating the highly successful and creative events sector north of the border.

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