Rosie Dowsing|11.05.2016|Fundraising

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Despite the impending doom of exam season, 15 Durham University students battled it out on stage at every Durham student’s favourite club, Loveshack, on Thursday 28th April. We combined the student love for clubbing, with the viral lip syncing trend, to give people what they want: cheese.

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Our Lip Sync event was part of  Disco Duck, a new branch of Durham University’s fundraising group, DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommittee – yes, we know it is spelt wrong). DUCK won Student Fundraising Group of the Year in 2014 having raised over £150,000. From expeditions all over the world, to balls, skydiving, marathons, ‘ragraids’, hitch-hiking and numerous other events, there is never a dull moment within DUCK. This year, we started Disco Duck with the aim of offering the same vibes as any other student club night, but always for a charitable cause. Our first two were a success, with hippie and carnival themes, inflatables, popular student DJs and jelly shots. But the Lip Sync was a whole new ball game.

Having met MTV Staying Alive when they visited our Charities Careers Fair in February, we were delighted to be working with them. The HIV prevention cause was something relatively new to DUCK’s work and the excitement about a new partnership with a vibrant charity and part of MTV was an attractive prospect for students. Since Staying Alive work with young people all over the world, we considered it a very fitting cause for students here in Durham.

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Thanks to MTV, the main prize for the Lip Sync winner was 4 tickets to the Channel 5 Lip Sync Battle UK in London. Other prizes included Beam Shoes (the latest Durham trend, bring back light up shoes in a big way), a VIP table package in Loveshack, a meal for two at Durham’s swankiest oriental bar, Fat Buddha, and a goodie bag of MTV Staying Alive swag. Performers wore Beam Shoes throughout the event, if you haven’t seen them – they are hard to miss. Think adult trainers with LED lights that change colour with every step, they are SO funky. To those that came to watch, we handed out MTV Staying Alive pens, lanyards, bracelets and bags, as well as some condoms to tie in with their campaign.  Overall, we felt very lucky to have such kind donations, and we cannot thank Loveshack, Beam and MTV enough.

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One fresher in particular, stole the show with ‘It’s Raining Men’, wearing wellies and a poncho. In close second, c a ‘Love Yourself’ mash up with a twist and a full boy-band vibe, stripping down from boiler suits to jeans. Judging our 9 performances were university-wide BNOCs (Big Names on Campus) who were looking for creativity and eccentric colourful and entertaining performances, which we had in abundance.Other performers ‘Lip Synced’ the likes of Shakira, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Miley Cyrus and Take That, with more outlandish outfits and props.

As you can see from our photos, everyone had a blast, the atmosphere was buzzing and the competition was VERY close. 100% of our profits will be donated to MTV Staying Alive.

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