In 2015, the QMU will be 125 years old. Over a century and a quarter we’ve led the way on issues like gender neutral toilets on campus, as well as raising thousands of pounds for charity. The QMU has a proud history of student activism and we thought that what better way to celebrate this than attempting to raise an enormous £12,500, more than double the amount raised last year. And there is a whole host of activities planned…
Our Charity of the Year for 2014-15, selected by the attendees of QMU Campaigns & Charities committee, is Sense Scotland, who work to support those with sensory impairment across the country and in Freshers’ Week we also raised over £1900 for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, which works to raise awareness of depression and fight the stigma so that people stay mentally well and get the help they need. This is an especially pressing issue on campus today and we were proud to be involved.
Already this year we’ve seen the three QMU exec take the Ice Bucket Challenge while President Lauren Hinton has taken on what may be the most fearsome challenge of all: Sober October. Anyone who knows Lauren will recognise that she is usually to be found glass of wine in hand so this was a serious undertaking; surviving nights out, dinner parties and a subcrawl before her month of sobriety came to an end at midnight on Halloween.
And who says charity can’t be a lot of fun? Ten intrepid QMU Freshers’ helpers (President Hinton, Yasmynn Lloyd, Jack Smith, Alice Stearn, Lucy Hornsby, Jonathan Telford, Reece O’ Hara, Doug Jack, Jonathan Jamieson and Kat Denholm) braved the elements to dive headfirst off a bridge in Pitlochry, raising over £1000. The leap, known as the Highland Fling, is a 132 foot bungee over a gorge and not for the faint-hearted (see the brilliant front cover of issue #111 and more pics over on our Facebook page). This is just the first of a number of very ambitious BIG fundraising projects that the QMU is planning for this year. How does abseiling or fire-walking sound?
Every week at MAGIC our volunteers give out water and condoms as well as at last month’s Pink MAGIC selling boob cakes, pink glowsticks and face paint, to raise over £300 for breast cancer charities. The next big event on November 26th is the QMU’s famous Red Ribbon ball raising money for World Aids Day. This is your chance to get glammed up (red dress or tie of course) for a night of cabaret and electro-swing, all for a great cause.
In the spring term we’ve got Jailbreak, a hilarious race where the challenge is to get as far away from 22 University Gardens within 72 hours – the record is Egypt – without spending a single penny, and a whole lot more as we lead up to the 125th anniversary on March 28th.
QMU President Lauren Hinton said “‘The QMU has always collected for charities but we are using the 125 as a great excuse to really push ourselves and get as many people involved as possible. We are off to a great start, having raised since Freshers’ Week almost as much as we did for the whole of last year.”
If you want to get involved with this epic project and help to raise a ton of money for good causes, Campaigns & Charities committee meet at 5pm every Monday in the QMU Boardroom and you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the time you read this Lauren Hinton may well be drunk. Most of the time you can catch her in her office on the third floor or drop her an email on email@example.com.
If you’d like to donate or find out more, the QM Union Just Giving page can be found here.
Brb we’re gonna need some more giant novelty cheques…