Every year DUSA The Union supports one locally based charity chosen by you. We call this RAG (Raising and Giving). Voting is open now on MyDundee and will close Thursday 28th September at 4pm.

RAG Nominations Shortlist

We had almost 30 nominations from Dundee students, each recommending a worthy cause worth supporting. It was no easy task, but after much debating and discussion the RAG committee has shortlisted the top five which will now go to student vote. Learn more about these fantastic charities and cast your votes on My Dundee!

Fuze Beyond Borders Dundee

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After the fire in the refugee camp in Dunkirk, France at the start of April, over 1500 refugees where displaced and most of their documents were destroyed. Fuze beyond borders fundraise to rebuild the camp and provide shelter for those still trapped there with nowhere to live. They are also working with refugees in the local area to help integrate and make them feel welcome and at home after the traumatic events they’ve gone through.

Venture Trust

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Venture trust works with some of the most disadvantaged people in Scotland and gives them the opportunity to change their lives. They help people who are stuck in a cycle of poverty through a residential course in the Scottish wilderness as well as a long term support in the community. They support people before and after the wilderness journey and help them work out their goals for life and how to achieve them. They give people a chance to change their lives and give them the support, confidence and life skills to do so.

Dannii's House

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Danniis house is a start-up based in Dundee to help at-risk LGBT+ people and other minority groups by giving them a community space to use and develop as they see fit. They aim to be fully self-sustaining, running a café and allowing local people to give their time and run services they wish to develop but need assistance running, for example, tutoring people with learning difficulties or youth groups wanting to run in a local accessible area. They aim to allow students from any school at the university use its services as they need to showcase their talent and drive and give them an opportunity to enhance their CV and push people who may not have ease of access to certain opportunities feel included in the wider community.

Guide Dogs

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The guide dog charity aims to provide people with sight loss with the opportunity they need to be able to move around safely and confidently. They are best known for achieving this through their guide dogs. In recent years, they have extend their work to other areas to help people with sight loss tackle obstacles they face on a daily bases. The charity also campaigns passionately for rights that most sighted people take for granted. The guide dogs have attended many events at the university providing cuddles during stressful exam times. They wish to raise awareness and support for the blind community.

Marrow Dundee

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This is a small student branch of the national charity, Anthony Nolan. At marrow they sign up willing volunteers to the register on behalf of Anthony Nolan (by spitting in a tube). If a potential donor is found to be a match for a patient on the bone marrow list, they are contacted by Anthony Nolan and asked to give a one-time donation of bone marrow or stem cells. Donors save hundreds of lives each year. They have set goals to raise more awareness for blood diseases and for the work that Anthony Nolan does and raising funds for recruiting more donors.

Help us make RAG bigger and better!

Getting involved in fundraising for a charity, just like any other volunteering activity, is fun and rewarding experience. Over the past few years, DUSA has run a Raising and Giving (RAG) campaign to generate as much money and awareness for a local charity as possible. This year, with introduction of the new Vice President of Fundraising role designed to take RAG off the ground, the campaign will get the attention it truly deserves. One charity selected by students will become our RAG charity of the year and focus of the fundraising campaign.

Raised in 2016/2017 for MS Therapy Centre Manager

Our Previous RAG Charities

Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukemia

£4100 raised in 2012/13

Help for Kids

£13000 raised in 2013/14

The Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

£3500 raised in 2014/15

Children of Rwanda

£8500 raised in 2015/16