It was out of the blue that Mrs Krupali decided to do a sky dive for charity. She wanted to give something back to society and thought that the Wings of Hope cause and mission was a worthy one. Not only did Mrs Krupali want to help others she wanted to prove to her family and friends that she could perform a dare devilling sky dive.
Wings of Hope are offering free assembly presentations at schools!
The Wings of Hope team are currently taking bookings to visit school assemblies. We would be delighted to come and tell students all about our Wings of Hope Achievement Award scheme (WOHAA) which is a completely free social enterprise scheme offered to students in years 9 – 13.
The students (in teams of 6) are challenged to fundraise in lots of wonderfully wacky ways – the more creative and innovative the better! Along the way, all students have the opportunity to attend skills workshops with our corporate partners to provide them with insight into different industries and help them think about their own careers.
Teams are then shortlisted to present their achievements 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.
The winners of the 6 awards on offer will then be announced at our glitzy award ceremony at Wembley Stadium. The overall first prize is an incredible, all-expenses-paid trip to India to visit one of our international projects! This is a fantastic opportunity that makes this award scheme completely unique – young people have a chance to see the whole charitable process from start to finish, from raising the funds to seeing where it is spent. Other prizes include work experience placements with our corporate partners. What’s more, students are eligible to apply for the WOHAA bursary to help them fund their further education.
The scheme fits in perfectly with PSHE, citizenship, CoPE, DofE volunteering, CAS section of the IB, the AQA Baccalaureate and more!
- Are you a teacher or student who wants us to visit your school? Book an assembly!
- Does your school specialise in Business and Enterprise, with no budget to do so? Then we are for you! There is no cost to you or the students at any point!
- Are you a student who wants to sign up? Register now!
- Are you a corporate partner who could offer work experience or skills workshops? Contact us!
Kind support from the Rotary Club of Northwick Park
On 18th May 2011, Mrs Rajni Sriram (Wings of Hope Co-founder and C.E.O), went to visit the Rotary Club of Northwick Park. Rajni gave a heartfelt speech about the Wings of Hope and WOHAA, and inspired the rotary club to get more involved with us in the future.
Rajni pictured with…
Rajni talked to the club about the programmes in India, Malawi and the UK and impressed them with our programmes to give children a chance of a career that will take them out of poverty. The Rotary club have very generously donated to support children in India and Malawi, and we are looking forward to developing this wonderful partnership in the future.
WOHAA is a scheme offered to UK students that enables you and your friends to be creative in managing your own wacky events all in the name of charity!
WOHAA is a unique challenge for students that not only helps you to develop skills needed beyond the academic arena, but also provides an opportunity to make a direct and long lasting difference on the lives of children in the developing world!
WOHAA truly is an award BY students, FOR students…
- Open to anyone in years 9 -13 but we welcome keen applicants from outside this year bracket
- In a team of up to six, you design and carry out your own wacky events
- WOHAA gives you the flexibility to do anything you want, be it a few small events like a cake sale to eventually build up to coordinating a larger event, such as a sky-dive or masquerade ball!
- As it is a competition, you are in for the chance of winning some fabulous prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to India!
WOHAA is split into four main stages:
1: Register online by 31st November.
First and foremost is registration. Simply organise your team and fill in the entry form to get started!
Your WOHAA journey begins by your team brainstorming some crazy fundraising ideas. Previous participants have advised that you get yourselves organised ASAP as you only have until February to carry out your events.
The main categories you will work towards are:
- Most innovative team
- Most awareness raised
- Most funds raised
- Best presentation
- SPEAK OUT
- Overall best team/individual
More information can be found in the WOHAA welcome pack, which can be downloaded from the Resources Centre.
2: The ‘Snapshot Project’ Report Submitted in February
You will need to record all your experiences and fundraising adventures in a ‘Snapshots Project’ which can be presented to us in the form of a scrap book, PP presentation, video or even a rap!
Things to include…
- Pictures and videos of your events – remember to be trigger happy with your camera!
- Role of each team member
- Any evidence of your fundraising and awareness raised. For example, letters of support or rejection, maybe you may even get some press coverage!
- Overall skills you have learnt and developed
- Money that you have collected during your projects as a cheque
- Gift aid forms signed by your donors (so remember to get these signed during your fundraising). Gift aid means that without you having to do anything, for every £1 that is donated by a UK taxpayer, the government will give the charity 28p – for free! (More info in the welcome pack)
- A reference letter from your parents and your teacher. NB: The teacher’s letter is per group.
- Problems you come across, individually or as a team, and how you resolve them. Or any problems that were too big to overcome and why.
- You will need to send everything in along with a Snapshots Submission Form to reach us by the deadline.
3: The Semi-Finals at the House of Lords in March
From all the Snapshots Projects we receive, the best projects will be short-listed and those teams will be invited to the Semi-Finals at the House of Lords. These teams/individuals will be invited to give a five minute presentation of their project and present their WOHAA journey to our distinguished panel of judges, with a short question and answer session at the end.
4: The Annual Award Ceremony
The Annual Awards Ceremony is a fun filled, glitzy evening in celebration of all the hard work and efforts of everyone that has taken part in WOHAA. The overall winners of WOHAA receive their amazing prize of a trip to a far flung corner of the world. This will all take place at a top London venue with all the Wings of Hope volunteers, patrons, and associates attending, as well as hundreds of WOHAA participants, teachers and parents from across the country!
- A WOHAA certificate for those teams/individuals that complete the award scheme which will add a prestigious element to CVs and UCAS forms.
- The top 25 teams/individuals have the opportunity to present their projects at the House of Lords to our distinguished judging panel, and our winners will have their moment in the spotlight at the glitzy Annual Awards Ceremony to receive their trophies.
- The winning teams/individuals of WOHAA will get the amazing opportunity of work experience at world renowned companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edelman, Tata Consultancy Services, ARUP and Boots. The work experience will take place at their UK offices during school summer holidays. Read about the feedback from winners here.
- The overall winners announced at the Annual Award Ceremony will actually go out to one of the educational projects in India or Malawi on an all expenses paid trip. The students will get a chance to see the delights of unique cultures and experience first hand the life changing work Wings of Hope achieves through their fundraising efforts.
The Wing of Hope Achievement Award winners of 2011 have just returned from a fantastic trip of a lifetime to Chennai in Southern India. This year two teams took the trip to India; team ‘Evolution’ consisting of 3 boys from 3 schools (ACS International School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Merchant Taylor’s School) and Team ‘Light Side of the Moon’ made of 6 boys from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in London.
Team Evolution’s award winning ideas included a dinner dance and fashion show, trick or treating, snow shovelling and tutoring to name a few! Light Side of the Moon organised a dinner dance, walked 15 miles in shorts, socks and sandles, and, if that wasn’t enough walking, they were also sponsored to walk on broken glass!
Shivankit Hora, Karan Gupta and Amar Sehgal from team Evolution jetted off with Anand Dhamecha, Rikin Shah, Paras Shah, Rohit Bhatia, Tej Malde and Vishaal Patel from Light Side of the Moon to Chennai in August. They were accompanied with the co-founders of Wings of Hope, Mrs Rajni Sriram and Dr Sri Ram.
The boys had the chance to teach India children about life in London and Britain, showing them pictures from books and personal photographs. The boys taught students of all ages and their classes were packed with fun and entertaining activities for the children, as the boys designed and lead lessons themselves.
One of the winners, Shivankit Hora, said,
“We’re here in India in the school and it is really amazing. I did not expect it to be like this – it’s really, really big and beautifully decorated and all the children here are so enthusiastic about learning and education. I would recommend WOHAA because it’s the children’s way of giving back to other children around the world.”
In Chennai the Boys were very privileged to meet the Deputy High Commissioner of Britain, Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis, for Tea! The Deputy High Commissioner was very impressed by their achievements and gave them the benefits of working for and linking up with India as it is an up and coming country with a lot of scope for the future.
Whilst in Delhi, the Boys once again had the opportunity to meet the Minister from the Ministry of Indian Overseas. Once again a huge array of refreshments were provided and the opportunity for a photo shoot.
Here are further comments from Paras Shah:
“Overall, this trip was fantastic, and a real eye-opener for all involved. The experience we gained in teaching and interacting with the kids was invaluable, and taught us to appreciate everything we have. It made me realise the importance of education, and how it is desperately needed all around the globe. I can also understand how hard it is to be a teacher! It was great to see the work Wings of Hope are doing out there, and I recommend the achievement award to all future hopefuls! “
On Sunday 10th July, a fantastic team of 7 runners (pictured) took part in the London 10k Run to raise funds and awareness for Wings of Hope. The runners’ combined distance would have taken them all the way to Brighton! Congratulations and a special thanks to everyone who took part – it was a great success and everyone who took part successfully completed the race. Pictured from left to right, Smruti Sriram, Jane Hodgens, Valveer Pandher, Rajni Sriram (Co-founder), Dr Sri Ram (Co-founder), Prashant Vora and Kate Jones.
The funds raised will go towards supporting our education projects in India and Malawi. If you are interested in participating in a Wings of Hope challenge event, do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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On 15th May, Clare Wright donned her cape (normally saved for formal events and her world-saving missions) to run a fantastic 5km route in Regents Park, London. Her kind friends at the Lancaster London sponsored her to take part and she managed to raise a whopping £320!! That will pay for a child’s education for over 2 years!
Thank you very much for taking part and well done!
If this sounds like something you are interested in, please get in touch. Email email@example.com or call on 020 8438 1598. No previous experience is required, and the spirit of the event is ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ so you can run, walk, hop, skip, jump – you decide!
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