The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity Speed Mentoring: Your Path To Success
1st March 2014 at the Royal College of Surgeons
The event was opened by Richard Whitehead MBE, the Paralympic Champion and world record holder who won Gold in the 200m T42 event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Mr Whitehead provided the keynote speech for the day, inspiring participants with his achievements both on and off the track. Mr Whitehead’s motivational speech set a suitably high standard for the event, which continued throughout the day as impressively as it began.
Other notable guests included Lady Juliet McNally and female British Airways pilot, Loraine Hancock. Ms Hancock inspired the crowd with a speech which promoted women pilots and encouraged the female pupils, as well as their male peers, to consider a career in aviation.
Speed Mentoring, which differs from usual careers fairs through its innovative use of interactive guidance, allowed students to receive valuable and honest advice directly from top young professionals. The uptake was huge, with pupils from Queen Anne’s School, Reading and Upton Hall, Wirral travelling to London especially for the event. Other schools present on the day included Bethnal Green Academy, Bentley Wood School, Claremont High School Academy, Heathfield School for Girls, Hampstead School and many others.
The feedback from the event was extremely positive, with over 85% of the students rating it 8 or above out of 10.
See what some students said about the event:
I really enjoyed finding out what different types of careers involve and hearing about peoples personal experiences within certain industries. I liked asking the mentors questions as well.
Aarti – Claremont
I liked the fact that the mentors were truly passionate about their jobs.
Johura – Woodbridge High
It was great to learn about new industries I had never thought about before.
Simran – Northwood College
I found the journalism, medicine and travel mentors very helpful – they really broadened my ideas.
Bethany – Archbishop Tenisons
My favourite part of the Speed Mentoring event was the diversity of the careers on offer.
Alex – Sydenham High
See what the mentors said about the event:
James (PhD) – Science/ Research:
“Thank you doing such an incredible job of organising the event!!!! Brillliant event well done – I’m chuffed to be part of it!”
Aimee – Fashion/ Design:
“Saturday was lots of fun – and how amazing is Richard Whitehead!!! I don’t think you could have picked a better person to speak.”
Linzi – Solicitor:
Well done for another fantastic event. You could see that the students were keen to soak up all they could in the time available, and lots of smiles all round – a good sign! Really good overall rating! Well done. Sign me up for next year!
Carl – Investment Banking:
“Thanks so much and congratulations for putting on such a great event. Already looking forward to the next one”
Dr Sri and Richard Whitehead, MBE
WOHAA Team Step
Pilot Loraine giving her talk
Richard Whitehead posing for a picture with a student and his Gold medal
Abi sounds the gong
Speed Mentoring in action
Mentors group photo
India was crazy. The buzz in the streets was immense. From cows to rickshaws, it was a MASSIVE culture shock for all of us. We took a total of four planes and lots of car journeys but we were never bored because there was just so much to see! My favourite part of the trip was teaching at the Indian school in Chennai. It was so nice to teach such motivated, enthusiastic and eager children. I would love to just do the entire trip all over again.
Anna on the trip:
India was a fantastic experience – one which I will never forget. The whole atmosphere was so different, from the people in their native dress to the stray animals in the roads. The teaching introduced new skills to me and interacting with the children taught me so much. Visiting the Cipla pharmaceutical factory was a once in a lifetime opportunity where we followed the process of making a tablet from start to finish. I had lots of fun, too, especially visiting the beach at night, and trying coconut water!
I recommend WOHAA to all students because a trip to India is the biggest motivation. Even if you don’t win, you still have a sense of achievement and continue life with the knowledge that you have made a difference.
On the 18th of April 2013, 22 teams, from different schools participated in the semi-finals of WOHAA 2012-2013 at the House of Lords. The day commenced early in the morning with teams arriving to present their WOHAA journey to top CEOs and celebrity judges.
This year’s judges included: Alok Sharma (MP, Vice Chairman, Conservative Party) Jackie Cooper (Global Chair, Creative Strategy), Edelman Baroness Verma of Leicester (Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change) Suzanne Avery (Managing Director, Real Estate and Sustainability at RBS) Sir David Jason, Dr Sri Ram (Co-Founder of The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity) N Shankar (Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services, UK & EIRE), Rajni Sriram (Co-Founder of The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity), Justice Ebrahim (Supreme Court Judge NSZimbabwe), Mrs Ebrahim Lady Gill Hinchcliffe, Ruth Amos (The Youngest Entrepreneur) and Clarke Carlisle (Chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association).
Suzanne Avery, Managing Director, Real Estate and Sustainability at RBS:
“Thank you for inviting me to be a judge at Semi Finals for The Wings of Hope WOHAA. I was so inspired by the young peoples’ creativity, hearts and resourcefulness. Also by the blessing circle, ie young people growing in our schools and in so doing helping young people in Malawi and India to have a better education and future. This is very close to my heart and to RBS.”
Jackie Cooper, Global Chair, Creative Strategy, Edelman:
“Congratulations on another terrific event. I thought the standard of entries were quite amazing and as ever, the whole experience was superb.”
Lady Gill Hinchcliffe:
“As always, very well organised and a great success for the students. I hope the rest of the day went well.
Just a reminder that there is a very easy way for ALL the students to raise money with no input from themselves other than letting their friends and relatives know about the website EASYFUNDRAISING.
Always thinking of ways your wonderful charity can raise money”
Alok Sharma (MP, Vice Chairman, Conservative Party):
“I was very pleased to be asked to be a panellist and sit alongside Sir David to judge the presentations. The Wings of Hope Achievement Awards are a fantastic initiative that not only encourages charitable giving to an extremely worthwhile cause, but also provides young people with an excellent opportunity to develop important transferable skills.”
Teams that got through to the semi-finals:
Team Inspiration - Claremont High School Shoop’s - Bentley Wood High School The Legacy - Francis Holland School Remedy - Abbey School Unity - Hasmonean Girls' School Inspire - Nonsuch High School Team Awareness - Newstead School Encore - Heathfield School Spark - Tormead School Shooting Stars - Nower Hill High School Majors - Tiffin Boys & Tiffin Girls Aspire - Valentines High School Ignite - Tendring College Quench - Clapton Girls' School ACE - Langley Park School for Girls Lord of the Wings - Collingwood School Go! - Merchant Taylors' School Congeniliaty - Latymer Upper School Jump for Joy - Featherstone High School Devoted Voices - Islamia Girls' School Rise to Help - Alperton Community School Spirit - Surbiton High School Little Muffins - St Mary's School
The First Round of Teams Getting Briefed by Dr Sri Ram:
Sir David Jason, Baroness Verma of Leicester & Suzanne Avery Looking Very Pleased with Team Awareness:
Team Ignite Mid Presentation:
Team Ace & Their WOHAA Banner:
The Little Muffins:
Lord of the Wings:
Jump for Joy:
Team Go! :
Wings of Hope School participating trophy being handed over to
Mr. Oddie- Head Teacher at Collingwood College, Surrey
by Mrs. Rajni Sriram. Also present are Mrs. J. Green, Teacher
and her assistant in the background along with Wings of Hope
Achievement Award winners – Lord of the Wings.
We are delighted to announce that a third year undergraduate student
who is a past participant of the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards has
taken the initiative to build a primary school in Malawi.
Jamie Proctor, along with a group of his University friends who are
doing a degree in Engineering, are taking a year out after their degree
to build this school. Jamie believes that the Engineers, Architect and project manager make up a significant part of the budget. The raw materials and lower level labor is very cheap.
Therefore, by taking a team out unpaid it would dramatically cut the cost required to deliver an area a school, whilst at the same time giving newly qualified graduates vital work experience to put on their CV.
Building a school would benefit a community in Africa, and benefit the team going, by giving them essential, highly converted work experience.
This is in line with our ethos- Empowering through education !!
Watch this space for more updates!!!
India Empire is a leading magazine for building bridges between India and the UK.
Here is an article about WOHAA winners Team Aquila’s visit to Buckingham palace back in November 2012. Her Majesty invited the team to present their Diamond Jubilee card, which they had made for as part of their fundraising project to celebrate the occasion.
On Friday 16th November 2012 WOHAA winners Team Aquila took up Her Majesty’s kind invitation to attend Buckingham Palace to personally present a Diamond Jubilee card and mementos from their home town of Malvern to celebrate the occasion.
Team Aquila took part in WOHAA 2011/12 by conducting a range of fund and awareness raising activities. They participated in ‘Santa’ and mud runs, donated profits from a baby-sitting service and sold Wings of Hope wrist bands, as well as conducting the Diamond Jubilee project. Their Jubilee work involved the students organising for their fellow students and members of the local community to sign a card for Her Majesty, gathering over 2,000 signatures in total.
Most impressive of all, they approached Morgan Motor Company and Holywell Malvern Spring Water – both being institutions synonymous with their hometown of Malvern – who donated a car to be used for the presentation and a specially-designed bottled gift, respectively. The team’s effort and dedication were outstanding and their commitment meant that they won ‘The Most Awareness Raised’ Award through WOHAA.
Here is a thank you letter sent to Wings of Hope from Buckingham Palace which expresses the Queen’s interest in the work of the organisation.