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WOHAA 2014-15 – Getting Started

As you saw in our previous post, we’ve been darting all over London and the south east, meeting loads of great students every day. We have team registrations flooding in – it’s great to see how enthusiastic you all are!

‘So, I’ve signed up …’ Some of you might be thinking,

‘but now what?’

Well, this post is designed to answer that exact question – below are our 5 top tips to get you started raising money and awareness in your local areas, and carry out awesome WOHAA projects. Hopefully they’ll show you that in WOHAA, you means have to do what is expected, and that sometimes it pays to think outside the box!

So they are, our Top Tips to make your WOHAA experience the best it can be.

The early bird catches the worm
Sure, registration is open until the end of November, but the sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to plan and deliver all your fantastic ideas. The key to any success, WOHAA or not, is forward planning. It’s all very well to say “hey, let’s put on a fundraising dinner next week” but will you be able to find a venue, decorate it, print tickets, order food, plan entertainment, and advertise it all in the space of a week? It sounds obvious, but it really is key – allow yourself lots of time to make sure that you do yourselves justice.

WOHAA in the rain? That's what we call dedication

WOHAA in the rain? That’s what we call dedication

Break it down
The prospect of organising events and stunts, collecting money, and raising awareness by yourselves, can feel daunting, there’s no doubt about it! But the key to any big task – and this applies to your school exams, job and university applications too – is to break it down into several smaller ones.

If you’re planning a big event, have a meeting well in advance (see tip number 1!) and sort out roles for each team member. That way everybody shares out responsibility, and nobody is left doing all the work. Allocate, for instance, one person in charge of finding a venue. One in charge of advertising. One in charge of budgeting. And so on. Work out exactly what steps are involved in managing what you want to do, and work out when and how each of you is going to work towards that. Having 5 smaller tasks to do feels much easier to get started on than thinking of a project as one big mountain to climb.

Sell yourselves
Modesty and humility are all very well, but they have no place in WOHAA! The very fact that you’ve taken on this amazing challenge proves that you’re awesome, every single one of you. But your neighbourhood philanthropists won’t know that unless you tell them. You want to make sure every man and his dog knows about the great work you’re doing for WOHAA.

There are loads of ways you can shout out about what you’re doing: Advertise your team on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit…you name it. Many WOHAA teams have been featured in their local press! People love hearing about young people like you working to make a difference, so make sure your community is aware of what you’re doing. All sorts of local people and firms will be eager to learn more and help out. Keep posting updates and make sure everyone you speak to knows about your pages. Hit the streets – do something eye-catching that will get you seen by friends and strangers alike.

Our next post will be dedicated to helping you guys get publicity, so keep a look out in the coming weeks for more info on this..


Reach for the stars
NEVER worry about being too ambitious. Always wanted to sing on stage? Climb every mountain high and DO IT! Hold a charity concert. Think you’re a bit of a daredevil? Try a sponsored skydive, torture run or other terrifying challenge! Want to see your face in the papers? Get hold of local media and put yourselves forward for an interview.

If you’ve seen our 10th anniversary video, you’ll have heard Issy White from last years ace team Wirral Wonders saying: “WOHAA gives you the chance to create events as imaginative as you want, making them a reality.” So seize the opportunity with both hands and go wild with your ideas. Remember, WOHAA’s mentors are always at the end of a phone or email, eager to help you achieve your goals. So if you have a wacky and wonderful idea but you’re afraid you can’t pull it off, just get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to help you make your dream a reality.


Learn from your mistakes
Oscar Wilde once said “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” And he knew a thing or two.

We all make mistakes, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. We once wore our shirt inside out by accident on school photo day. The key thing is to learn from these hiccups (in our case, turn the lights on before you get dressed). If something doesn’t go well, pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, and sit down to have a look at what went wrong. Use it as a learning experience to make your next initiative a roaring success.

We hope you’re now feeling full of confidence and buzzing with ideas!

Here are some ideas to get you going:

Have a look at our resource packs to unlock more of the secrets to WOHAA success

Visit our shop and get your hands on some WOHAA merchandise to get you started

Have a look at Do It For Charity for great ideas on sponsored challenges

GOOD LUCK everyone, and happy WOHAA-ing!


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.

Wings of Hope

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!