2014 has seen some fantastic things happening with Karnival Rag raids. Our reps have worked so hard to make sure we are bringing in some great totals for the charities we have worked with and fancy dress has been reaching new heights of creativity!
One of our biggest collections at the beginning of term was definitely when we went to Bristol for MRF and used the fancy dress theme underwater! £3,133.78 was collected, showing it really is the case that the better fancy dress you have, the more you collect.
We’ve also had some more great figures recently, the recent rag that Nightingale, Cripps, Sherwood and BGP organised and funded themselves for Marie Curie in Liverpool raised a fantastic £5,835.66!
Practice rag also brought in some fantastic figures. A couple of highlights included Oxford, where £1993.12 was collected for Breast Cancer Campaign by Hugh Stewart, Physios and St. Peter’s Court, and Liverpool, where £1879.64 was collected for RNIB by Florence Boot, Lenton, Lincoln and Nightingale.
We asked Nightingale to write about the recent magnificent 4, ‘Mag 4’ collection that happened a month ago, check out what they had to say below..
Four of the best collectors from each hall went to Manchester for the ‘Mag 4’ rag raid to collect for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal. Our theme was yellow, in keeping with the Marie Curie daffodil symbol and we wanted to make sure we had the best possible costumes for collecting!
On the bus we painted ourselves completely yellow in the hope that our efforts would help us raise the most amount of money that we possibly could as we’ve always found, the better the fancy dress, the better the collecting is! We met the Marie Curie representatives in a hotel in Manchester in the morning and they gave us buckets, tins, boxes of daffodils and even hats and vests with the charities logo on them. They were so pleased at the effort that we had made with our outfits, and from the moment we arrived it was clear that Karnival had already made a very good impression.
As we left the hotel, we put on our daffodil hats and were all raring to go and get the best collecting spots around the city. We were like a sea of yellow so we really stood out on what was a fairly cold and miserable day. The collection was enormously successful, and the public loved our outfits and we even had a few photos taken of us. The Marie Curie ladies that came to talk to us throughout the day were impressed with how proactive Karnival were when collecting, and when they felt how heavy our buckets were, our experience as collectors definitely showed! As the day progressed, more and more of the public that walked passed had daffodils on their coats and it seemed as if awareness of Marie Curie had really spread throughout Manchester.
As the day wore on, the colder and more tired we got, but taking the Rag Raid competitive spirit on we were encouraged to keep going and attempted to take our enthusiasm to the next level. We started hopping from foot to foot to keep warm and talking to everyone that walked past and the more attention we drew to ourselves, with our yellow faces and giant daffodil heads, the more donations we received.
After almost six hours of collecting we went back to the hotel to hand our buckets over to Marie Curie. The ladies at the hotel were so impressed with how much money we had all raised throughout the day and they claimed that they had never seen such a successful collection since working for the charity.
In Manchester, Karnival managed to raise a staggering £6814.15. We got back on the bus and returned to Nottingham, feeling very proud of our day’s efforts and ready for an evening of celebration ahead.
By Nightingale Karnival