The Edinburgh Students' Charities Appeal began with a group of students that endeavored to raise money for charitable causes. 150 years later and they are still going strong. Now they have expanded their activities to support student fundraising across Edinburgh. They do this in a number of ways including providing advice, buckets and cans for collections, marketing support, and grants for innovative fundraising events. ESCA works closely with Edinburgh RAG to deliver a number of fundraising events throughout the year such as hitchhike races to various European cities, RAG Week and the Meadows Marathon. Last year they raised over £100,000.