St Ninian’s in-school competition

The judges and audience were treated to a great in-school competition at St Ninian’s High School last night, with teams representing Friends of Pestalozzi, Developing Orphans (Do!) and East African Playgrounds all taking part. Each team gave a presentation about the great work carried out by their charities. The winning team, who gave a very inventive and original presentation, were the team representing Do!. They will go through to the inter-school final to be held at the Mountain View Innovation Centre on 21st March, where they will compete with teams from around the island for awards for their charity of up to £3,000, the Frances Davidson Cup, the AFD Award for Advocacy and the audience prize sponsored by the Scott Trust. The other two teams were awarded £200 each for their charities. Grant funding has been made available by sponsorship from AFD Software Ltd. of Ramsey.

Well done to all involved!

Helen, Project Officer


Happy New Year!

The New Year is now upon us and we are looking forward to the OWCC in-school competitions which will be held shortly, to decide which team will be selected from each school to take part in the inter-school final to be held in March. King William’s College have already held their in-school competition and the charity selected to participate in the final was Global Action Nepal. Awards will also be made to all other charities represented by teams from King William’s College. Well done to everyone who took part there and I am looking forward to seeing all the other presentations at the in-school competitions.

Helen, Project Officer


Meet the Charities day a great success!

Thank you to everyone who came to the ‘Meet the Charities’ day on Friday and made it such a success. Representatives of many of the island based charities were present and it was great to see so many enthusiastic and engaged students there, asking lots of questions!

Charity allocation will take place from tomorrow, Tuesday 17th October. The student teams will then start working with their charities in order to research the work of that charity and then prepare an engaging, original multi-media presentation based on their research.

Helen, Project Officer

Meet the Charities tomorrow

There will be the chance for all participating students to meet the charities tomorrow (Friday 13th October) at St Ninian’s Church. Your team will then send me a list of the three charities that you would like to represent on Monday morning and I will let you know next week which charity you have been allocated to work with. Don’t forget to ask the charities lots of questions and make notes to help your team decide which charity you would like to represent.

It should be a really enjoyable and interesting day!

Helen, Project Officer

One World Charity Challenge launched for 2017-18!

I am now going round the secondary schools in the island to talk to the Year 12 students about the One World Charity Challenge and how it will help them to gain valuable transferable skills, such as teamwork and presentation skills, as well as helping their chosen charities.

There will be some new elements for this year, following discussions with our new sponsors, AFD Software Ltd. in Ramsey. These will be explained in school in more detail and I will also be revising the rest of the website as well to reflect these changes. The main new elements are:

  • teams will now number between 3-7 people
  • teams will be expected to take part in advocacy for the work of their charity and for global development issues

I hope that as many of you as possible decide to take up this exciting challenge!

If anyone has any queries, please do not hesitate to email me at:

Helen, Project Officer


Welcome to OWCC 2017-18!

OWCC 2017-18 will soon be underway, thanks to the generous sponsorship of AFD Software Ltd. of Ramsey. I will be coming round to visit all Year 12 students soon, to launch the scheme for this year, and I look forward to meeting everyone.

Joel Smith, School Improvement Adviser for the Department of Education and Children, has very kindly offered to put together some activities to help the students learn about International Development and to encourage them to participate in the OWCC. This should be a great opportunity and really interesting for everyone.


OWCC Project Officer

Well done to everyone who took part in the OWCC Final!

We had a great final at the Manx Museum last week, held in front of an invited audience which included the Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Minister. The competition was extremely close and the judges had a really difficult time in reaching their decision! The judges said that it was clear that the OWCC raised awareness of international development in schools and were very impressed with the overall quality of the presentations.

The results were:

  • Ramsey Grammar School – St George Foundation – awarded £1,200
  • Ballakermeen High School – Powerful Information – awarded £1,200
  • Castle Rushen High School – Pahar Trust – awarded £1,200
  • QEII High School – African Promise – awarded £1,700
  • King William’s College team I – Drop Inn Ministries – £1,700 awarded plus £250 for creativity of fundraising – an amazing £2,500 was raised by the team who had undertaken various fundraising activities including a ‘walk for water’ and a talent show -total awarded £1,950
  • King William’s College team II – Excellent Development – £1,700 awarded plus £250 audience prize totalling £1,950 – overall winners (by a very narrow margin!) – awarded the Frances Davidson cup

Well done again to everyone who took part and a big thank you as well to everyone who helped out on the night. A huge thank you in particular to the H and S Davidson Trust who have so generously sponsored the event for the last ten years and welcome and thanks to our new sponsors, AFD Software Ltd. of Ramsey, whose generous offer of sponsorship will enable the OWCC to continue in to the future.

Helen, Project Officer

Ballakermeen in-school competition

A closely fought in-school competition took place at Ballakermeen last night, with a team representing Powerful Information, a charity which helps to develop skills in low income countries through the use of ICT, being chosen to represent the school for the last available place in the final which takes place on Wednesday 29th March at the Manx Museum. All the teams gave really powerful and informative presentations last night, with over £2,000 being awarded to the charities represented.

QEII in-school competition

We had a really informative competition at QEII yesterday, with the girls’ team representing African Promise, a new charity to the Charity Challenge, and the boys’ team representing the International Refugee Trust. After a lot of deliberation by the judges, the girls’ team was chosen to go through to the final and the team representing the International Refugee Trust were awarded £500 towards the great work carried out by their charity from the grant fund. The girls’ team has also raised around £400 so far for their charity through their fundraising efforts, including a (very cold) sponsored New Year dip. Well done to everyone involved in both teams, it was clear that you had all put in a lot of effort!

Helen, Project Officer