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Centenary Parade Collection Raises £465

Jan 01 2007 21:40
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A group of past and present Imperial College students took to the streets of Westminster on New Year's Day to raise money for the Student Opportunities Fund.
Jezebel waits to start the parade

Past and present students from all three of Imperial's faculties joined the RCS motorised mascot Jezebel for the 21st New Year's Day Parade.

Collecting money from the crowd

Entries for each of the London Boroughs were collecting money by the roadside, with Imperial representing Kensington and Chelsea. £465 was raised for Imperial's Student Opportunities Fund, despite the entry being near the back of the parade. The fund provides scholarships and support for academically gifted students who could otherwise not cope with the cost of living in London.

A competition between the London Boroughs for the best entry could contribute more money to the Student Opportunities Fund, with results being announced in the next week.

Over half-a-million people turned out to watch the parade, which is celebrating its 21st year in 2007. Participants from around the world descend on the City of Westminster for a 2-mile journey starting in Parliament Square, up Whitehall, through Trafalgar Square and on to Piccadilly Circus.

Representing Kensington and Chelsea

Ten souls recovered from the night before to join 10,000 others parading through the West End's most famous streets, with television coverage broadcast on local TV channels across the world, particularly in the United States.

This event is the first of the Centenary year, with Centenary celebrations starting in force on the 30th of January.

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