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Bummit (hitchhiking group) is a student-run hitchhiking society at the University of Sheffield Students' Union, which raises funds for local charities by organizing several annual hitchhiking events, both within the UK and across Europe. It is the world's largest student organised hitchhiking group[1][2] consisting of approximately 600 people per year, and is run by an elected committee under the umbrella of the university's RAG society. The aim is to travel to the chosen destinations without spending any money on transport, solely relying on the kindness and hospitality of strangers. The trip's main destination is known in advance, but the halfway point is usually kept secret until the morning of departure.

Bummit began 2003 as a fundraising initiative by a group of RAG committee members who traveled to Bognor Regis, and the success of the trip led to the formation of a new committee and a regular event was established, eventually split into two trips because of its size, and a second smaller event, Baby Bummit, was added in 2009.[3] The total money raised now surpasses the rest of the university's RAG efforts put together; in 2012/13 the total from both events was over £88,000 with 85 percent pledged to charities in the South Yorkshire area. The participants wear matching brightly coloured hoodies throughout the trip, and as such the word Bummit is now a brand recognized throughout Europe. Participants are helped along the way by shout-outs from BBC and local radio stations, and truck drivers will often communicate over CB radio to organize further lifts for people they have picked up.

In 2013, Bummit won Best Event at the FIG national RAG awards, beating 12 other British RAG societies to the award.[4][5]

In 2015, Bummit won Best Challenge at the FIG national RAG awards, again beating off competition from universities around the country.

Previous destinations[6][edit]

Academic Year Main Destination 'Baby' destination Participants Money Raised Charities
2015/16 Ljubljana Glasgow
2014/15 Bucharest, via Bratislava Cardiff 500 £85,000 Burton Street, Roundabout, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Haven House, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Ecclesall Live at Home Scheme, Tree of Life for Animals, St Luke's Hospice, Safe@Last
2013/14 Split (Croatia), via Krakow Edinburgh 600 £106,533 Sheffield Young Carers, Cathedral Archer Project, The Sick Children's Trust, Aquabox, Trees for Cities, Changing Faces, Young Women's Housing Project, Chilypep, Home Alone Xmas Lunch
2012/13 Vilnius (Lithuania), via Prague Brighton 600 £88,663 Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sophie's Wish, Paces Sheffield, Sheffield Young Carers Project, St Andrews Child Contact Centre, FoCAL, High Peak Women's Aid, Roundabout, Water for Kids, Sheffield Volunteering, The Children's Hospital Charity, Broomhall Breakfast, Haven House, Cecily's Fund
2011/12 Sofia (Bulgaria), via Bratislava Glasgow 525 £79,243 Chilypep, Ecclesall Live at Home Scheme, The Joseph Foote Trust, Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT), Project Buzz, PACT (Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia), Children Today, DIAL Barnsley, Learn for Life Enterprise, The Sick Children's Trust, Street Child of Sierra Leone, JAM Scotland, StopGap, Sheffield Women's Aid
2010/11 Kraków (Poland), via Ljubljana Cardiff 500 £76,288 SUST (Sheffield User Survivor Trainers), Doncaster Rape and Sexual Counselling Service, Operation Florian, S.A.L.V.E, KIDS, Sheffield Royal Society for the blind (SRSB), Sheffield Volunteering, Flourish, Computer Club, Children's Project, Neurocare, Wombwell Drop in Centre, Sheffield Cystic Fibrosis Appeal
2009/10 Budapest (Hungary), via Berlin Edinburgh 425 £69,855 FABLE, SOS Children's Village Hungary, Anit Slavery International, Catch 22, Burngrove Domestic Abuse Project, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Volunteering, ANTS (A Nice on Saturdays), Computer Club, Flourish, Tapton Edge
2008/09 Zadar (Croatia), via Nuremberg Brighton 366 £67,200 Kids Company, Cavendish Cancer Care, Parkinson's Disease Society, The Anthony Nolan Trust, Sheffield Volunteering, STOP (Trafficking UK)
2007/08 Tallinn (Estonia), via Leipzig Bognor Regis 300 £60,700
2006/07 Belgrade (Serbia), via Prague - 300 £59,615
2005/06 Riga (Latvia), via Berlin - 300 £59,500
2004/05 Bucharest (Romania), via Plzeň -
2003/04 Budapest (Hungary), via Stuttgart -
2002/03 Bognor Regis (United Kingdom) -