The University of Nottingham Students' Union charity organisation, Karnival, raised £1.6 million for charities and good causes in 2012. The Student Union says that this makes them "the largest student-led fundraising group in Europe".
The total was the largest amount yet raised by Karnival. Fundraising events held throughout the year included summer challenges to Mount Kilimanjaro and South America, cycle trips across countries, and other large events in Nottingham.
The record total was announced at Karnival's Snowflake Ball by incoming Karnival Director, Matthew Furniss. University of Nottingham Registrar Paul Greatrix congratulated the student-run charity, adding: “The University is proud of the fundraising activities of Karnival. Its success in once again exceeding all previous totals is testimony to the hard work of the many students involved.”
Beneficiaries from Karnival's activities in 2012 included Oxfam, the Poppy Appeal, Hope for Children, the Meningitis Trust and Children in Need. Karnival volunteers were also presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Breast Cancer Campaign award in May, for continually outstanding fundraising over the last 16 years, the first time a student-run organisation had won the award.
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