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WOHAA 2011-2012 semi-finals on the 22nd of March 2012 at the House of Lords

Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) semi-finalists aim for a once in a lifetime winning prize of an all expenses paid trip to India when presenting their projects to a distinguished panel of judges.


Group photo of morning judges at WOHAA 2011-2012 semi-finals On the 22nd of March 2012, 32 teams, 173 students from 28 different schools participated in the semi-finals of WOHAA 2011-2012 at the House of Lords. The day commenced early in the morning with teams promptly arriving at the River Room in the House of Lords to present their WOHAA journey to top CEOs and celebrity judges. This year’s judges included: Sir David Jason (award winning actor), Jackie Cooper (Vice Chair at Edelman PR), Charlie Egerton-Warburton (Head of UK & Eire Private Banking at Credit Suisse), Jordi Ferrer (Managing Director UK Service Provider and Media at Cisco), Dr Sri Ram (CEO & Co-founder Wings of Hope), Steve Duncan (Former Boots Chairman), Lady Verma (Politician), Clarke Carlisle (Chairman, Professional Footballer’s Association), Sarah Carvar (Capco), Rami Ranger (Entrepreneur) and Vindi Banga (Former President of Unilever).  The day also allowed students to hear inspiring speeches from Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza (Lord Speaker).


Each team was given a 5 minute slot in which they had the chance to present their creative WOHAA achievements and even failures to the judges. Innovative student entries from this year included: a world record 61 hour radio show, a Take Me Out event, a walk around the monopoly board, creating a signed birthday card forthe Queen and much more. This year’s standard was exceptionally high and judges were left extremely impressed by student’s efforts throughout the day. Teams differed in their method of delivering their presentations with some students painting their faces like Avatar, doing their presentation in an interview style, dressing uporpresenting their efforts through the medium of video.


Team photo outside Houses of Lords


Rajni Sriram, CEO and cofounder of the Wings of Hope comments on the event:

“Every year I see students from different schools in different parts of Britain come together at this event to showcase the new skills they have learnt from participating in the WOHAA programme. I have been particularly impressed by student-participants as young as 13 years old involved. Their energy and enthusiasm makes such a difference to the lives of other children less fortunate than themselves. We are incredibly grateful to all the students and schools who have participated in the WOHAA 2011/12 programme and look forward to receiving their continued support in the year to come.”


Every team was unique and it will certainly be hard for the judges to decide on the winning team and the runners up. Student’s projects will be assessed and the winners will be announced at the annual award ceremony at Wembley Stadium, on Thursday the 19th of April 2012. The overall winning team will receive an all expenses paid trip to India to see first-hand how the money they have raised provides and maintains the education of disadvantaged children. Runners up will receive unique and valuable work experience placements with selected corporate partners including Saatchi & Saatchi, Edelman, Tata Consultancy Services and CAPCO.


Students commented on the event:

‘The team and I really enjoyed going to The House of Lords to present our presentation. We would once again like to thank you and the judges forallowing us to take part in such a prestigious event’ Fosiya from team Funducation.

‘We had a lot more fun and achieved more that we thought we would during the process. The presentation yesterday was interesting, and we couldn’t believe how well some of the other teams had done and how much of a difference that it is going to make’ Hiran from team Change.


Watch an overview of the semi-finals 2012 at the House of Lords here.

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WOHAA semi-final photos:

Snapshot projects


Judges and students watching WOHAA DVD




Dr Sri Ram (CEO & Co-founder Wings of Hope), Jackie Cooper (Vice Chair at Edelman PR) and Sir David Jason(award winning actor)


Team Change


Vindi Banga (Former President of Unilever), Rt Honourable Baroness D’Souza (Lord Speaker) and Lady Verma (Politician)


Team Alantus


Jackie Cooper (Vice Chair at Edelman PR), Jordi Ferrer (Managing Director UK Service Provider and Media at Cisco) and Charlie Egerton-Warburton (Head of UK & Eire Private Banking at Credit Suisse),


Team Helpin’ Hand


Steve Duncan (Former Boots Chairman), Rami Ranger (Entrepreneur) and Sarah Carvar (Capco)


Spread a Lil Magic


Clarke Carlisle (Chairman, Professional Footballer’s Association) 


Team Led Helpin’


Sir David Jason(award winning actor)


Team Angels in Aid


Three Men and the Beard


Schools and teams that got through to the semi-finals:
Archbishop Tenison – Tired Nutters
Burnham Grammar School – Spread a Lil Magic
City of London Academy – Passage to India
Clapton Girls Academy – Altruistic
Claremont High School – Aspire
Featherstone High School – Led Helpin’
Francis Holland – Fashionistas
Francis Holland – Angels in Aid
Hatch End High School – Helping Hand
Heathfield School – ASHA
Heathland School – Angels of Faith
Illford County High – Change
Kendrick School – Team Athena
Kingsbury High School – Dynamic
Lady Margaret School- Team Fortitude
Latymer Upper School – Kickstart
Malvern College – Aquila
Merchant Taylors – SMiLE
Newstead Wood – Team Difference
Newstead Wood – Halo
Nonsuch High School – Dynamic
Nonsuch High School – LOL (Lots of Love)
Norbury Manor – Funducation
Preston Manor – Be Positive, Stay Strong
Surbiton High School – Team Alantus
Sydenham High School – VIVA
Tiffin Boys – They See Me Rollin’, They Donatin’
Tormead School – Asariel
Tormead School – Euphoria
Tunbridge Wells Grammar – Three Men and the Beard