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Student adventurers to be rewarded at event this weekend

26th November 2013

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Students who have led adventure challenges in the name of charity are set to be rewarded at a ceremony this weekend.

The Student Adventures Adventure Leader Awards, sponsored by not-for-profit online fundraising service Virgin Money Giving, is set to take place at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s Southbank, on Saturday 30th November.

Awards to be presented on the night include Best Fundraising Idea, Most Innovative Marketing and Recruitment Campaign, Rag of the Year and Adventure Leader of the Year.

Student Adventures works with Rag societies and charities to encourage students to participate in charity adventures. The idea was inspired by Jock Wright, who is now the organisation’s Events Director, and Managing Director Jonathan Hansford, following their own experience of fundraising at university.

Over the years, hundreds of students have taken part in a variety of challenges, ranging from hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro or over the Andes to Machu Pichu, cycling to Paris and driving across Europe. It is estimated that Student Adventures has inspired students to raise more than £3.5million for charity over the last three years.

Volunteers, dubbed Adventure Leaders, are at the heart of Student Adventures and give their time to inspire, support and lead student teams to raise tens of thousands of pounds before leading the way to some far flung destination.

Jock Wright said: “All the money donated to charity couldn’t be raised without our Adventure Leaders, who are the real inspiration behind this incredible fundraising.

“The inaugural Adventure Leaders Awards Night, which is kindly sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, is a fantastic opportunity for the charities, and us, to recognise the incredible work of these students, and say thank you in person to a team of students who in the last full academic year, helped their student teams raise in excess of £2 million for causes such as Practical Action, Meningitis Research Foundation and Breast Cancer Campaign, to name a few.

“The awards night is something we have wanted to do for a while and our thanks have to go to Virgin Money Giving, which is also our official fundraising partner, for their sponsorship to help make this possible. We’re looking forward to a fantastic night.”

To find out more about Student Adventures, visit To find out more about Virgin Money’s not-for-profit fundraising website Virgin Money Giving, visit

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