DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommittee), is the Durham University RAG, and the fundraising arm of the Student's Union. DUCK exists to support and facilitate Durham students and staff in raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities every year, whilst providing opportunities for further personal development. DUCK also serves to provide new student experiences, whether it be trekking through the Himalayas or jumping out of a plane, all in the name of charity.
Last year, DUCK, through Durham University students and staff, donated a whopping £421,000 to 120 different charities. DUCK fundraises in every way we can think of, from hugely successful rag raids across the country, to expeditions to places as far flung as Kenya and the Cambodia. We host student nights (fancy going Back 2 School?), and send a team to the notorious Tough Guy, not to hosting mention the famous Grand Durham DUCK Race... and that's just scratching the surface!
Most of DUCK’s fundraising ventures are for specific charities, for example we send 25 students to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Save the Children every year and have students running the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability. Some events, such as Jailbreak, let individuals choose the charity they raise for. Often, though, you will fundraise on behalf of DUCK - any money raised in this manner is distributed through our annual allocations process. Charities can apply for small grants to fund specific projects, which they would often have no other way of funding. This allows DUCK to support dozens of small, local causes each year whilst supporting key events in the national calendar, such as the Poppy Appeal.
As a body, DUCK runs at two tiers; collegiate DUCK reps work within college organising events and publicising charitable projects, if you want to put on an event within college then contact your college rep. At a university level, the DUCK exec works both with the university as a whole and externally in order to help expand and improve the organisation. If you want to put on a larger event within the University please contact the relevant exec member. The whole committee is overseen by the DUCK Manager, a full time sabbatical position elected on a yearly basis. This year's Manager is Carmen O'Loughlin!
If you want to get more involved in DUCK, we’d love to hear from you. Contact your college rep or email firstname.lastname@example.org Take a look at our website duck.dsu.org.uk for more information and updates on how our year is shaping up.
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