Cambridge students are teaming up to put on 'THE MAY WEEK MEGA EVENT' - an online celebration of May Week to unite the Cambridge community to mark the end of a tough year in style. Here's how College staff can get involved!
The May Week Mega Event Committee, which includes Sidney undergraduate Robbie Blyth, would like to invite College staff to take part in the event's grand finale. Read on to find out more!
The May Week Mega Event is a collaboration between Cambridge's May Week Alternative (which has raised over £100k this year), RAG (the main student fundraising body), and the May Ball Presidents' Committee, who are coming together to put on an evening of virtual entertainment to celebrate the end of a tough term in style and raise money for charity.
They will be hosting a jam-packed livestream of entertainment – planned for Sunday 28 June 2020 – bringing together musicians, performers and much more from across Cambridge and beyond to deliver an evening of May Week festivities like no other. During the livestream, the Big MAC campaign will be running an appeal raising money for the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, two charities doing vital work in the fight against coronavirus and future pandemics.
Finale: Voices of Cambridge
The Mega Event will feature a range of acts, including many originally booked to perform at May Week events this year. However, they are keen to feature those not usually on stage during May Week, but who nevertheless contribute to the vivacity and diversity of life at Cambridge. For the finale, they are hoping to bring a wide range of people from across the Cambridge community together in song (in the style of the BBC's 'We'll Meet Again' on VE Day). They have chosen Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me' for its message of solidarity and mutual support.
How to contribute
Examples of people they would like to feature include Masters, Porters, College Staff, Lecturers, Chaplains, Catering Staff, Bedders and Heads of Department. They would like to invite you to take part yourself (or as part of a group) and submit a recording to them. They will stitch the responses together (to sound great!), so there is no need for these to be polished pieces, although specific guidance for recording and submission (by Sunday 7 June) will be circulated separately to all staff.
To learn more about the Mega Event and how anyone can get involved in other ways, visit the website: www.mayweekmega.com.
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