A few months back, all of year 8 were busy on a “Year 8 Fist Give Charity Project” raising awareness for charities that they had chosen as a form and were equally busy raising money by doing bake sales, ice cream sales, garden cleaning for neighbours and old people, litter picking on the streets and even standing in shops with a bucket for hours!
From there, the finalists were put in front a panel of 5 judges and they fought their way to claim the £1000 prize to be donated to the winning charity.
This winning group did so well, producing a video, a poem and spoken word piece to present in their final.
To say thank you, the organisation of ‘First Give’ worked tirelessly with ‘WeGen’ to organise a charity music concert.
Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams took 11 students – the winning team of 9 girls and 2 other outstanding students from Year 8 to the Wembley SSE Arena on Wednesday 7th March to watch a day-long concert.
Guests included well known London and American DJ’s, Actress Lilly Collins, Youtubers who have been influential in raising awareness for issues close to their hearts – Rosie McClelland, Sophia Grace, Tallia Storm, also having present Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Margaret Trudeau (Canadian President Justin Trudeau’s Mother) who has been a lifelong advocate for clean, safe and pure water, pop band The Vamps, public speaker Spencer West who has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro on HIS HANDS after losing both his legs from the pelvis down at the age of 5. As well as all of these influential people, there were performances from Alexandra Burke, Tokio Myers, The Tenors and the Kenyan Boys Choir, Simon Cowell’s ‘Golden Buzzer’ from Britain’s Got Talent – Sarah Ikumu and finally, a very emotional message from “Educating Yorkshire’s” very own star – Musharaf Asghar and his teacher Mr Burton.
All the messages given and all the stories shared impacted the entire Arena with some tears even being shed.
A message from the students to you all is that please take some time out to have a look at all the amazing work the organisation supports (https://www.we.org/gb/) and please try and do your bit at home to go from “ME-TO-WE”!
A big thank you to Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams for all their hard work and contributions to this project.