Charity Challenge during lockdown

Happy New Year! Hope you are all well. During this current lockdown we wish to assure student teams and their charities that are taking part, that Charity Challenge is still very much active and progressing. Our final date is still set for Wednesday 24th March.

Certain aspects of the project may at this moment be difficult or require some adaptation, and we are here to help with this. Teams are encouraged to contact Sarah by email oneworldcharitychallenge@gmail.com to discuss options. Keep communicating with your charities, stay active, and stay safe!

Charity Challenge Final Date

Charity Challenge 2019 Winning Team from Castle Rushen High School

The Charity Challenge 2021 Final will be held on Wednesday 24th March, with rehearsals for all finalist teams taking place on Tuesday 23rd March, at the Mountain View Innovation Centre. The AFD Ltd Team are kindly giving their time to help teams prepare for the Final Presentations, and one hour slots are now available to book for rehearsals.

Teams should by now have gathered lots of information from their charities, sourced a case study, and have identified which of the Sustainable Development Goals is most relevant to the work of their charity. Advocacy work should be well underway, and teams will all have an idea of how they want to present the information.

In-school Finals need to take place at least 2 weeks before the Final so ideally by the end of February. The finalists will then go through to the Final at MVIC and compete for the top prizes. Everyone that completes the project and presents their work will win a funding contribution to the charity they are representing.

The next seminar will be about how to present your work, and will be in January. Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year!

Meet the Charities Day

Our ‘Meet the Charities’ Day will be held on Friday 16th October at St Andrews Church Hall, Douglas. This event is a chance for students to come and explore the work of the charities they are hoping to support. All schools have now booked slots for the teams to attend, and we look forward to meeting you all there.

Charity Challenge 2020-21

Welcome back! After the disappointment of the 2020 Final being cancelled at the last minute, we are pleased to be able to visit all secondary schools once again to talk about One World Charity Challenge 2021 and invite Year 12 students to take part in the project with us. Charities supporting development overseas are facing a new crisis and you can help!

If you’re in Year 12, this is your chance to learn more about how overseas aid works and develop your knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Taking part in the Challenge gives you the chance to develop existing skills and discover new ones – including teamwork, research, creativity, and presentation skills. Completing the challenge is a real plus when included in university and job applications. Above all you will be directly involved in improving the lives of people in desperate need of help, both by your ideas for promoting your chosen charity, and by winning prize money that goes directly to the people your charity works with.

We’ll be posting more information over the coming weeks but if you are interested in taking part, and have any questions about the challenge, please contact us on oneworldcharitychallenge@gmail.com. We will do our best to help!

We are really grateful to our sponsors AFD Software Ltd for supporting the Challenge and providing the venue and technical expertise for the student teams, and look forward to another dazzling Final at Mountain View next March!

Cancellation

As you will all be aware, the Final of Charity Challenge that should have taken place tonight is not happening. We are all facing dramatic changes to our daily lives following the outbreak of the covid-19 corona virus pandemic.

AFD Software, sponsors of the Charity Challenge, have kindly donated £1750.00 to each of the 6 charities that were in the final, in lieu of the competition prize money, and we are extremely grateful for this. It means that the students work has not gone in vain, and will be recognised. All the charities are willing to recognise the work of the students on their own platforms, as is the One World Centre. In our view, all of the students that have carried the project through to completion have been successful and the work they have done will have an extremely beneficial effect on the work of all the charities and the people they support.

Charity Challenge Final 2020

All of the teams from all of the Islands Secondary Schools have now completed their presentations and in-school competitions and we would like to congratulate you all on getting in to the Final! All of the students that have taken part in the Charity Challenge and presented their work to their schools deserve a big well done, you have all worked hard to make the lives of other people better and can be rightly proud of your achievement.

As to this year’s Final, it should be happening on Wednesday 25th March. Although we are still continuing preparations, we are following IOM Government current guidance, as we are aware that the situation can change quickly and are preparing for this. We are assessing this carefully, and will be notifying everyone involved as quickly as we can of any changes to the Event. We are working on this with the Charity Challenge sponsors AFD Software team and would like to thank them all for their ongoing support.

It’s really important that we can balance sensible precautions whilst making sure we recognise the work done by the students over the past six months, that is benefiting the lives of people overseas, and that allocated funding reaches the Charities that the teams have been working with. We will stay in contact with everyone connected with Charity Challenge and will keep everyone updated. Thank you for your understanding.

Queen Elizabeth II and St Ninian’s High Schools results

Well done to the teams from Queen Elizabeth High School and St Ninian’s High School for completing their presentations and in-school competitions. The team from QEII will be representing DO! Developing Orphans and the St Ninian’s Team are representing Thare Machi Education. Both teams have done a lot of work with their charities and have been very innovative in their advocacy approaches. The St Ninian’s team had an especially challenging time winning against the two other teams who had done some really good work for DropInn Ministries and Global Action Nepal. Well done everyone for doing such great work and demonstrating real understanding of what global sustainable development means.

King Williams College Final

Well done to all the teams in the King Williams College final held on Thursday 30th January. All the teams did a great job demonstrating the work of their charity and how they have advocated for them. There were all sorts of ideas and projects created with the charities to promote them which was fantastic!

After much deliberation, the judges chose the team representing Glad’s House as the winners on the night, and a huge amount of work had gone in to the presentation from the team, which was lively, entertaining and informative. The Pahar Trust team came a very, very close second and in third place was the team representing East African Playgrounds. We look forward to seeing the King Williams College team at the Final.

Charity Challenge 2020

In-School Finals approach…

All teams’ are now preparing for their in-school finals to decide which team will go forward to the Inter School Final to be held at Babbage’s, The Mountain View Innovation Centre, Ramsey on Wednesday 25th March. Over the next few weeks the teams’ will be finalising their presentations showing everything they have learned about the charity they are representing and how they have worked with the charity to promote them. All teams’ that complete the Challenge up to the In-School Competitions stage will gain funds for their Charity, and the teams’ who reach the Final at the M.V.I.C. will have the opportunity to raise even more. All the students have had great ideas and have worked closely with their charities so it’s going to be an impressive Final!

Meet the Charities Day

Meet the Charities Day will be held on Thursday 17th October at St Andrews Church Hall, Douglas for all school teams to come along and see what work the charities taking part do for people overseas. Time slots are available for the teams from 9am to 4pm, but book early as they are already getting booked up!