Koru Hospital Fund was awarded £2,500 and Ballakermeen High School won the Frances Davidson Cup for the first time in 5 years of OWCC. The Koru Hospital Fund is a Manx registered charity which works in Kenya to provide access to sustainable and effective healthcare. Judges commented that the team were enthusiastic and good humoured, they felt that the team delivered a powerful testimony of the Mary Stewart, the charity’s founder, and showed a good all round understanding of development issues and the work of Koru Hospital Fund.
The judges had a difficult job choosing the winning team and the competition between the runners-up was so close that the judges decided to award each team with a grant of £1,500 for their charity.
Last year’s winners Castle Rushen High School were first up to deliver their presentation about Action Saves Kids to a full house at the Manx Museum. ASK works in Bangalore, India, helping rag-picker street children. The team gave a very slick presentation, kicking off the evening and really setting the scene with a video they had made showing the contrasts between rich and poor in India.
Isle of Man College followed representing another Manx registered charity, the Pahar Trust, which works to provide education to children in the Nepalese hill regions. The team were well rehearsed and gave a sensitive role play depicting the life of a young blind girl and how the Pahar Trust has helped to change her life. The team wowed the audience quoting the the cost of building the new Bemahague school on the Island would have paid for 4,250 schools in Nepal.
King William’s College gave a professional looking formal presentation about the work of Ro-Man-Aid. They showed a good understanding of the historical context and the cultural issues which had lead to some of the problems in modern day Romania.
Namaste Childrens House, which is also a Manx registered charity working in Nepal, was represented by Queen Elizabeth II High School. The presentation was started by a solo singer and guitar player which caught the attention of the audience, the team went on to show a clear understanding of the work of Namaste and why that work is important to people living in Nepal.
St Ninian’s High School treated the audience to a TV News style role play which was very effective. Through their ‘news team’ they explored the work of Malawi Mission Projects and the impact their work has had on people in Malawi. It was lively and creative, each student had a clear role being either their anchor man, live reporters and roving reporter who explored the Millennium Development Goals.
The prize fund initiated by the H&S Davidson Trust was matched by the International Development Committee, providing a total of £21,500. The 22 charities whose teams did not reach the finals each received smaller amounts from the prize fund. £11,000 was awarded to the six finalists. Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood presented the Frances Davidson Cup and the Hon David Anderson MHK presented the cheques.