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Rave on: a grand in the hand for social enterprise to expand

Release Date 05 December 2006

A University of Reading Fine Art student has been given a cash boost towards a project for underprivileged children.

Rory Gallagher has be awarded £1,000 towards his social enterprise 'RAVE' - Relational Audio Visual Enterprise - which coordinates a network of more than 50 artists and musicians across Reading to deliver culture and arts workshops.

Rory, 24, received the money after a four-minute pitch to a panel of tough judges – a take on the BBC programme Dragon's Den - at the 'Angel's Lair' session at the University of Surrey and South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)- sponsored Cultural Shift Social Enterprise Conference

Some of the money has already gone towards art classes for children from Reading's refugee community and for youngsters from local socially and economically deprived backgrounds.

Rory, who comes from Isleworth, Hounslow, said: "We are really grateful for the grant and are now able to accelerate our progress far beyond anything we had planned for previously. The money will really help us establish strong roots in the Reading community and enable RAVE to flourish. The idea of a creative network already exists in the rave scene; it was that recourse that we wished to harness to provide a socially beneficial service."

Rory got his idea working with a friend who both enjoyed the rave scene. He was one of five people who pitched, and all were awarded £1,000 each for their individual projects.

Becky Miller, Entrepreneurship Manager at the University of Reading, said: "Social enterprise is an integral element of the entrepreneurship education we provide here at Reading and we are delighted to see such a shining example among our students. Rory's hard work, commitment and burning social ethic is clear to everyone he meets and I am confident that he and his cofounders will make RAVE a great success, benefiting many people in Reading."

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Media contact: Lucy Ferguson, senior press officer

0118 378 7388

L.Ferguson@reading.ac.uk

Enterprise contact: Becky Miller, Entrepreneurship Manager

0118 378 6062

r.l.miller@reading.ac.uk

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