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Byline: By Lisa McCormick

Students have scored top marks for fundraising
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, exceeding their Rag Week Noun 1. rag week - a week at British universities during which side-shows and processions of floats are organized to raise money for charities
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 target by raising more than pounds 26,000.

The total represents a record amount donated by Northumbria University's Raise and Give Union to three charities ( one local, one national and one international. They are Tiny Lives, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Kenya Acorn Project.

The choice of charities was made by the students themselves, and student union president Carys Jones said: "It is always good to know that the students have chosen lovely, worthy charities that will benefit from all the hard fundraising work."

Tiny Lives is a charity which cares for premature babies in the North East, while Macmillan is a national charity which helps people suffering from cancer. Further afield, a third of the money will reach those in poverty-stricken Kenya.

This is a cause close to the heart of the university, in particular lecturer Muriel Armstrong. After witnessing the extreme poverty in Kenya she set up a charity, Green Roots, to help and the students are following in her footsteps.

Fifty voluntary students had the freedom to run wild, make loads of fun and meet new people over the week, which came to a close on March 5.

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 of students who paced the streets of Newcastle looking for a helping hand from the general public.

The entertaining yet challenging events included celebrity auctions, themed parties, balloon launches and an ever-so-elegant dinner party at St James' Park.

The Northumbria Charity Ball the students organised was the first of its kind.

The sea of green and worange-clad students managed to rope in rope in
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to persuade to take part in some activity

Verb 1. rope in - divide by means of a rope; "The police roped off the area where the crime occurred"
cordon off, rope off
 a handful of local legends as well as key members of the business community. This single event raised a total of pounds 4,000.

Carys Jones said: "The week surpassed all our expectations.

"It was a real testament to the modern student."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2005
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