Robert Gordon University (RGU) Events students have organised a variety of events around Aberdeen in a bid to raise thousands for local charities.
A Scottish Ceilidh, a glamorous Hollywood night, an art trail, a magical rainforest event, a Quidditch tournament and a zombie apocalyptic survival event are among some of the events organised throughout the month.
The fundraising activities are part of The Main Event, which is part of RGU’s Events Management degree taught at The School of Creative and Cultural Business, which involves working with various local charities to raise money and awareness.
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 have been allocated a charity who will receive their 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: “It is very exciting to be approaching our first Main Event. The students have been working incredibly hard to develop a portfolio of creative and inspiring events this year all for an excellent cause.
“This year there is an event for everyone, and I would encourage the local community to join us to celebrate the hard work of the students and raise some funds for our amazing local charities.”
The events will kick off on Friday (March 3) running throughout the whole month, beginning with a Spring Shindig for Marie Curie; One Night in Hollywood to raise funds for VSA; the Wee Wish Art Trail and Auction for Make a Wish; an Affa Fine Artisan Afternoon for Archies; Sensorfest will be held to raise awareness for Inspire; a Knock Out Quidditch Tournament to raise funds for Aberlour; The Cherry Blossom Picnic in aid of Clan; a zombie survival event called Escape the Woods for Cornerstone and a Know your Poison event in aid of Alcohol and Drugs Action.
As well as aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity as part of this project, the students have already won an award for an event they ran in their third year.
Aberdeen Students Festival was a multi-arts and culture festival inspired and run by the 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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