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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating disorders are the biggest killer of all mental health problems and last week was a chance to raise awareness of this.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week took place from Monday 24 February to Sunday 2nd March and the week was an opportunity to challenge stereotypes and raise awareness of eating disorders.

At the University of Reading, in conjunction with the charity Student Minds, students ran a stall in the RUSU building.» >

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Uni into Community

RUSU have been encouraging students to take part in student volunteering and their campaign ‘Uni into community’ aims to recognise that students are valuable members of the community.

Throughout the autumn term, 400 volunteers completed more than 2000 hours of volunteering.

This year’s Raising and Giving (RAG) committee have already raised £6000 for their chosen charities. Their Chair, Sophie Dalton, echoed the thoughts of many student volunteers: “Seeing the benefits to people’s lives really grabs you and makes you appreciate the smaller things in life you once took for granted.”

Other student volunteering projects that contributed to the total included: tea parties, Christmas festivities, helping children with their homework and much, much more.» >

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Gambia: An Exploration of Africa

My first visit to The Gambia was in 2008 due to my love for the culture, I returned a year later. My week long trip included a mixture of charity work and sampling what Gambia has to offer tourists. The Gambia, in West Africa after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 has become known for its tourism industry and agriculture, particularly its production of peanuts.

Courtesy of Katie Parris

Courtesy of Katie Parris

Beautiful beaches, mini markets, a wonderful climate and exotic fruit juices

However many are still unaware of the delights that the Gambia has to offer.» >

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