Brunel University has been nominated for Fundraising Team of the Year by the international development charity ChildReach International.
The charity, which was widely supported by Brunel students and staff during the last academic year, nominated Brunel for their outstanding efforts to raise a total of over £100,000, more than double the figure raised in the previous year.
As well as the nomination, Childreach is offering the opportunity for students to apply for a two-week work placement at their headquarters.
ChildReach International was a nominated charity for RAG (Raise and Give) and for student trips to the Great Wall of China and Kilimanjaro, the latter of which alone raised £67,000.
The Union of Brunel Students' Vice-President for Student Activities Gary O'Brien said: “I am absolutely ecstatic for both the RAG team and all of last year's fundraisers. ChildReach has helped change the lives and futures of over 300,000 children in the last year and it’s nice to know that Brunel, and other UK Universities, has been central to this.”
Gary himself has scaled Kilimanjaro twice, and Brunel students will again be summiting the mountain this year as well as undertaking a 520km endurance bike ride from Vietnam to Cambodia.
Micheal Kelly, Student Fundraising Manager for ChildReach, said: “Brunel's nomination comes as no surprise considering the success of Brunel teams over the last couple of years.”
Alongside the University's nomination, 2012 graduate Becky Townsend made the shortlist for the Team Leader of the Year award. The results will be announced at the ChildReach International Student Awards Ceremony on 24 November in Sheffield.