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10 Reasons why WOHAAs 10th Anniversary is a BIG DEAL

The 2014-15 programme will be the 10th year the Wings of Hope Achievement Award has been run in UK schools. Here are 10 reasons why we’re so excited to get this amazing landmark year running:

Since 2004:

  • over 25,000 students have participated in the award, raising huge sums of money and awareness for education projects in India and Malawi
  • These students have come from over 400 UK schools
  • Approximately 250 teams have gone to the House of Lords to take part in our semi-finals, and presented to a panel of impressive professionals, such as actor Sir David Jason, BBC reporter Robert Peston, and Dragons Den’s Deborah Meaden

David Jason, Helicopter Pilot

  • 9 winning teams have gone on a once in a lifetime expenses paid trip to India, to visit and teach in one of the Wings of Hope supported schools.
  • We have received thousands of unique snapshot projects from all corners of the UK, documenting the amazing efforts and creative pursuits our teams do every year for a great cause.
  • All our finalists are now automatically nominated for the prestigious Diana Award, presented to young people around the country who have made important differences to their communities and in the lives of others.

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  • Over 300 students have won valuable work experience placements with some of our impressive corporate partners, such as the BBC, Clifford Chance Law, and British Airways.
  • Over 1500 students have taken part in our annual speed mentoring event, where our participants get are able to get unique careers advice from successful professionals from a range of industries.
  • We’ve taken students on 15 trips to prestigious UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • And most importantly, thanks to WOHAA particpants amazing fundraising Wings of Hope has gone from sponsoring one school in Chennai, India with 5 year groups and a few hundred students, to sponsoring three different projects in two continents, which have educated thousands of students making differences to innumerable lives worldwide.

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We hope these awesome benchmarks have got you as excited as we are – even after all this time, it’s STILL FREE to register your team.

To take part in our biggest and best year yet, sign up as a team or an individual here. Remember, you have to be a UK school student in year 9-13 to participate.

And finally, tweet us your ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOHAA’ selfies @OfficialWOHAA with the hashtag #WOHAA10 You may make it into our annviersary video!

Happy Snapping, registering, creating and devising!



WOHAA 2011/2012 Journey So Far

WOHAA has got off to a flying start this year! Loads of teams have formed and have already come up with some fantastic ideas to fundraise for the Wings of Hope. Ideas have included a 26 mile long walk around London, charity concerts, Halloween events and much more. Further plans have been formed by teams to hold large events later in the year including dinners, balls and fashion shows which we are really looking forward to. Teams have also been raising awareness about the Wings of Hope and its mission by having their events and stories featured in the local press. One team was even lucky enough to talk about the Wings of Hope on BBC London Radio and have it broadcast on a Saturday morning.

Even teachers are having fun and are extremely enthusiastic about WOHAA:
‘All our teams at Surbiton are getting on well with WOHAA and have set themselves high fundraising targets! All the teams have spoken in assemblies about Wings of Hope and are raising lots of awareness both in and out of school. It’s a really good scheme and I think lots of our younger pupils in the school are looking forward to doing it in subsequent years!’.

Ms Pett – Surbiton High School.


Unique opportunity of work experience at Saatchi and Saatchi

Winners of WOHAA have the unique opportunity to have work experience with some of the top UK employers and globally recognised companies. Here is the testimonial of a WOHAA 2010/2011 winner who had the chance to gain a prestigious work experience placement at Saatchi and Saatchi.

‘My experience at Saatchi & Saatchi will be something I will never forget. As I was walking up Charlotte Street I was nervous and excited just thinking about what I would have to do for the rest of the week at this legendary company. When I stepped into the halls of Saatchi & Saatchi I could feel the creativity bouncing off the walls. In the reception area the funky furniture and the plasma screen showing their latest advertising campaigns had me in awe. Soon after I was greeted and given a tour around the office which was huge! It was amazing to see how many different counter parts make up this huge company.

Next I was shown to the office which would be my home for the following week. From my first hour I was already consumed into the world of advertising. By the end of my first day I felt I had consumed a world of information and experience as I was made to make phone calls on behalf of Saatchi & Saatchi.

The next day I was given a specific task that taught me about other advertising companies which gave me a wide range of information about brands and how they want their products advertised. I also got to go into a few meetings throughout the week, this opened my eyes to the way people work together and what the end product is meant to be. I also learnt how colleagues interact with each other.

In the office I was in the whole week I worked with two other women who headed up the PR department and the New Business part of the company. They both gave me really interesting tasks everyday which gave me a wide range of experience throughout the week. They also told me about their experiences at Saatchi & Saatchi and about how their jobs influenced all the different parts of the company.

Overall this experience will stay with me forever as I had an amazing time and with that I learnt a lot which I use in my every day life. Now I understand why Saatchi & Saatchi is so legendary, as the work they produce is one of a kind and the people who create it are true geniuses.

I would like to thank you so much for setting up the work experience for me! I learnt so much and will keep this experience with me forever.’



Take part in the 2012 British 10K London run!


Want to take part in a prominent and notorious event? Fancy a challenge? Want to wow friends and family with what you can achieve?

Well we have the perfect answer! Support the Wings of Hope by taking part in the official annual 2012 British 10K London run.

2012 is looking to be a historic year for London with the unveiling of the 2012 Olympics, the Queens Diamond Jubilee and not forgetting the British 10K London Run. So why not join 25,000 runners and over 40,000 spectators to take part in this world renowned run held in the heart of Central London which passes many of the capitals most famous landmarks on the way. This is one of the most prestigious runs in the UK and is considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest running routes. So much so that parts of it will be used in the marathons of the 2012 Olympics!

The run will take place on Sunday the 8th July 2012. Places are extremely limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis. So please contact us now to register your intent to run before places become unavailable. Unfortunately demand to take part in the 2012 London Run will exceed availability.

So if you are interested in taking part in this event then please get in contact with the Wings of Hope office either by email: Email: info@thewingsofhope.org or Tel number: 020 8438 1598


Once in a lifetime opportunity for an all expenses paid trip to India for students

The opportunity to sign up to participate in WOHAA 2011/2012 is very soon coming to a close. If you are interested in participating in WOHAA this year then be quick as the deadline to register a team is the 30th of November 2011.

The Wings of Hope team are still currently taking bookings to visit school assemblies up until the 30th of November. We will then be taking bookings for the next academic year. We would be delighted to come and tell students all about the Wings of Hope Achievement Award scheme (WOHAA) which is a completely FREE social enterprise scheme offered to students in years 9 – 13.

For all those participating, students form a team of up to 6 and are challenged to come up with different ideas to fundraise for the Wings of Hope – the more creative and innovative the better! We want students to think outside the box!

Students who participate will also get the opportunity to attend free industry skills workshops with our corporate partners. This will provide them with an insight into various industries whilst helping them think about different career paths. They are also given vital CV, application form and interview advice.

Teams are then shortlisted to present their achievements and projects at the House of Lords in front of a panel of esteemed judges, including Sir David Jason from Only Fools and Horses and Executive Directors from our corporate supporters.

Every student who participates is invited to our award ceremony at Wembley where they get to celebrate their achievements. This is where we also announce the winners of the 6 different categories. The prize that everyone has their eye on is first place as the overall winning team will have a once in a life time opportunity to go on an all expenses paid trip to India. This is something completely unique and will give the winners the opportunity to visit our project in action! The winners will experience the whole charitable process and see first hand where the money that they raised is spent. Other amazing prizes include exclusive work experience placements with our corporate partners.

Furthermore the scheme compliments the national curriculum as WOHAA fits in perfectly with Business and Enterprise, PSHE, citizenship, DofE volunteering, CAS element of the IB, the AQA Baccalaureate and much more!

So are you a teacher or student who wants us to visit your school? Why not contact us to book an assembly!
Are you a student who wants to sign up? Register now before it’s too late!

Remember that participating in WOHAA is completely FREE and you will not be charged for anything at any point.


Industry skills workshops

With the help and partnership of Clifford Chance and Capco the Wings of Hope were able to provide industry skills workshops to WOHAA participants during the academic half term.

A group of students were lucky enough to attend the workshops and were given an insight into the daily life of Clifford Chance, an industry leading law firm and Capco a global leading provider of management consultancy. The students who attended were able to see the offices and really get a sense of what it would be like to work for a large corporate firm in the City. They were also given key meetings with various staff and were given valuable advice for the future. This included how to write a CV – the good, the bad and the plain ugly, how to write application forms and how to prepare and give a good interview. This was all topped off by the companies providing everyone with a free delicious lunch.

All the students who attended learnt a lot and said the day exceeded their expectations:
‘It was very useful; especially the CV’s and interviews’ Louisa from Tormead School.
‘The workshop was better than I expected. I gained a very beneficial insight into the industry and also learned from the experiences of those at Capco’ Krithi from Heathfield School.
‘Talking to the trainees at Clifford Chance was very useful as it answered a lot of my questions’ Emma from Weald of Kent School.
‘It was better than my expectations; I learnt a lot more than I thought I would about the company, its clients and law’ Adele from the Holt School.

We would like to thank Clifford Chance and Capco for the opportunity, their time and resources.

Also if you are a student participating in WOHAA and would like to take part in the upcoming workshops then look out for the emails that we will be sending out closer to the time.


Take part in our Santa Run

5 or 10km Santa Run 2011

Wondering what to do this winter? Want to have a guilt free Christmas feast? Feel like being a Santa rather than a Grinch?

Well we have the perfect answer – our Santa Run!!!

The Santa Run is going to be loads of fun for everyone who participates; you get a free Santa suit for starters! All you need to do is go on the Doitforcharity website – http://www.doitforcharity.com/doitforcharity-santa-run-2011.aspx?ad=eventsummary1 and book your places today, registration fee is only £20!

The run which can be either 5 or 10 kilometres will take place in the beautiful Greenwich Park on Sunday the 4th of December. Remember to choose the Wings of Hope as your chosen charity to support and all funds raised will go straight to supporting poor and orphaned children in India and Malawi. I have been told that places are running out fast, so grab them before they quickly run out (excuse the puns)!


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Our ambassadors have been helping us with WOHAA

We would like to say a big thank you to our ambassadors who have been volunteering their valuable time to help us in our goal of getting more schools and more students participating in WOHAA. Their help has been extremely important and they really have done a great job!

We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who help out at our events, your support is vital in delivering great events for everyone to attend Visit This Link.

Want to help spread awareness about WOHAA and help the Wings of Hope in their mission? Why not become an ambassador? Want to gain some experience volunteering in events? Contact the WOHAA office today for more details on how you can help.