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Students turn Rags into Riches enterprise challenge

11 December 2013


Teams of staff and students from Abertay University have completed a major charity challenge for CHILDREN 1ST.

Throughout October and November eight teams took part in Rags to Riches, an Apprentice-style challenge in aid of Scotland’s leading children’s charity, CHILDREN 1ST.

The teams were given a bundle of items which had been donated to the CHILDREN 1ST charity shop on Perth Road, and given six weeks to turn the stock into a profitable business venture.

Rags to Riches raised £2,125.37 through a variety of events and fundraising activities.

Matthew Middler, Senior Fundraiser at CHILDREN 1ST, said: “From humble donations to life-changing funds, this challenge has really tapped the talent and creativity within the students and staff in Abertay University.

“The money will go a long way to help CHILDREN 1ST continue to support vulnerable children and families in Dundee and across Scotland. “

The challenge was organised by CHILDREN 1ST and Abertay University.

Helen Smith, Associate Director (Teaching Innovation) and lecturer at Abertay University’s Dundee Business School, said: “I am delighted by the enthusiasm and entrepreneurialism of our students.

“They have truly committed to this challenge and through bake sales, bungee jumps, a pub quiz, a silent auction and raffles have raised much more than we’d expected.

“The winning team of three 3rd year business studies students – Stephanie Crowe, Jenna Hughes and Kirsty Dutch – raised £749. Many thanks go to the teams and all those involved in supporting the fundraising event.”

CHILDREN 1ST run four services in the Dundee area, including the Dundee Supporting Families service.

This service works to help vulnerable children who have been affected by substance misuse, family breakdown, abuse or neglect. The service aims to prevent exclusion from home, school and the community to strengthen families and help children and young people fulfill their potential.


For more information please contact Matthew Middler, Senior Regional Fundraiser, 0131 319 8073

Editor’s Notes:

- In 2010/11, the Dundee Supporting Families Service helped 92 individuals, both children and adults, many affected by housing problems, poverty and additional support needs, as well as alcohol, drugs, abuse or neglect.

- For over 125 years CHILDREN 1ST has been working to build a brighter future for Scotland’s vulnerable children and families. At CHILDREN 1ST we listen, we support and we take action by delivering services in homes and communities across Scotland. We work to safeguard children and young people, to support them within their families and to help them to recover from abuse, neglect and violence. We speak out for children’s rights and we campaign to change attitudes.

- CHILDREN 1ST provides local services across Scotland as well as national services including ParentLine Scotland (08000 28 22 33), the national telephone helpline for parents carers and any adult concerned about a child. For more information about how we work to keep children safe in Scotland, visit

- Registered Scottish Charity No: SC 016092

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