The idea that ‘charity matters’ is one we take seriously: boys are encouraged to recognise their responsibilities as citizens in a world where the lives of many are much more challenging and demanding than our own. Raising awareness and raising money provide a dual focus for our charity work which we engage with on a whole school level and also through the medium of the House system. Habs boys regularly raise many thousands of pounds for good causes, showing compassion and using their energy and skill in the service of others.
In previous years, great things have been achieved by the Charity Matters committee at HABS. Examples include imaginative fundraisers such as the, ‘Let’s Arm Wrestle with Poverty’ project which broke a world record for the most people simultaneously arm-wrestling in one place, and raised money for the school’s then charity Kidzcare Tanzania. This, along with several other fundraisers, ultimately paid for the construction of three pre-schools in Tanzania. A number of boys and teachers even travelled out to work on projects in the local area and see the effects of the school’s work.
This academic year the new charity supported by the boys’ school is a fantastic cause called Green Pastures. HABS boys have paired up with a school in Mbale (a city located in the Eastern Region of Uganda) to fund the education of a number of young residents. To provide you with an idea of what the situation is like for students in Mbale, 85% of secondary school children in the area cannot afford to go to school, many of whom must work to support their families from a very young age. Without state-funded secondary education, many students are unable to proceed past primary school. Children who should be enjoying their childhood and receiving an education are facing challenges every day that we at HABS cannot even begin to comprehend. Many of the students that the school plans to help currently live in semi-permanent or temporary housing and take on regular responsibilities in the home. These tasks can include: helping with domestic work, cooking, collecting water, grazing cattle and looking after siblings or relatives. The lack of structure and stability in the lives of these young men and women can have a detrimental effect in this early stage of development.
The senior school initiative is to help a number of students between the ages of 12 and 18 to receive their education with all expenses paid. Forms from Y7 to U6 will be separated into groups, each of which will support one child through their schooling. Money will be raised in order to pay for board, books, schooling and equipment which is estimated to cost £300 per child per year. Classes in the senior school will be twinned with Green Pastures students of a similar age. This will hopefully make the process more personal for both parties with classes receiving updates on the progress and well-being of the students.
The Charity Matters committee are working tirelessly to come up with new and exciting initiatives. This past week a Krispy Kreme donut sale co-ordinated by the committee raised a staggering £650. With a number of exciting projects in the early planning stage, this is only a small start compared to what is expected for the coming year. Additionally, classes have each been tasked with the planning of small-scale fundraisers for their allocated student.
The students at Green Pastures are extremely motivated to learn and would not be given the opportunity to do so without the help of charities and external donations. Many of the students have asked to start their education at first principles in year seven, despite being of age to start higher education. This illustrates how limited their education has been and how keen they are to learn and expand their breadth of knowledge. The enthusiasm of the pupils shows how appreciative they are to get an education, something that all boys and girls should have a fundamental right to. The pupils in Mbale are really driven to achieve great things, all they need is to be given the chance to do so. Further information and updates will follow.
Each House also chooses a charity to support, often changing charity each year and alternating between an overseas organisation and one that is closer to home. Charities supported recently include DENS (working with the homeless), The Harrow Multiple Sclerosis Centre, Druk White Lotus School in India, Fight against Lymphoma Fund, Grant a Wish Foundation and Third Hope (working for the rehabilitation of child soldiers in Uganda). Visiting speakers give inspirational presentations about the work of their various organisations and the boys invariably respond with an imaginative array of fundraising ideas.
This year, Calverts are supporting the charity Tender. Tender works with young people,
adults and the wider community to prevent and reduce domestic abuse and violence. The charity has four Senior outlets for its work: a schools programme; a youth ambassador programme; adult training and separate campaigns.
Suzie McDonald, Chief Executive of Tender, addressed the whole House in an inspirational assembly on Friday 18th September. This assembly has given extra impetus to the planning of a range of exciting fund raising events which all members of the House participate in over the course of the year, including a triathlon, a cake break and a Christmas fete. In addition to these activities, individuals are encouraged to be creative and to devise novel ways of raising money for this worthwhile cause.
The House Charity Committee:
The newly appointed Lower 6th Calverts Charity Committee will take the lead in organising the various fundraising events, overseen by our Director of Charity, Arun Doegar, and by Mr Roncarati. It promises to be an exciting year on the charity front!
We are delighted to announce that our new House Charity for this coming year will be the Alzheimer’s Society. This charity has proved to be close to the hearts of many Hendersonians as it was selected by them at the start of term House assembly a few weeks ago.
Hendersons raises an incredible amount of money each year for charity and it is something that is very important to us. Last year we raised over £6000 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet and before that we raised over £15,000 over the course of three years for Third Hope which is a charity which helps with the rehabilitation of ex child soldiers in Uganda.
We are very excited about supporting the Alzheimer’s Society this year and everyone is getting geared up for another successful year of fundraising for this very special charity.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity for people living with dementia, their families and carers. They are there for anyone affected by dementia; they provide information and support, fund research and campaign to raise awareness. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.
If you would like to find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society then here is the link to the website: www.alzheimers.org.uk
Our fundraising for this year gets off to an energetic start during the lunchtime of Wednesday 11th November with our annual fun run. This is a fantastic event where the whole House comes together to run around the campus in fancy dress raising money through sponsorship. Our Krispy Kreme and cake sale will also be taking place on Wednesday 11th during break. This is always a popular event with the Year 7 and 8’s providing delicious alternatives to the highly sought after doughnuts! In the Spring term, we will be holding a football tournament for the Junior boys shortly followed by Battle of the Bands which is a charity event that we share with Meadows. Our last event of the year will be our Summer fete taking place in the last few weeks of term.
As a House we are highly committed to charity work and we look forward to what will be another very successful year of fundraising within the House.
Joblings are continuing their support of the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, Northern India.
We’ve raised about £15,000 over two years, some collectively and two or three big individual efforts. The money has gone partly to repairing the damage to school buildings from monsoon mudslides and building a protective wall, partly to buy a minibus to bus the younger children into school and save them a 3 hour walk.
We are supporting Spotlight on Africa again this year. We raised just over £5,000 for the charity last year and our target is to match that figure this year.
The Charity is:
• Run by volunteers – so expenses are kept to a minimum
• Supporting a small team working on the ground in Mbale, Eastern Uganda
• Based on strong roots in local Ugandan communities
• Focused on 4 targets: providing water, helping promote health, bringing education and teaching income generation through their projects.
Over the past 12 years, Russells’ House has raised £70,000 for a variety of different causes including Grief Encounter, Hands Together and The Grove House Peace Hospice. This year, with the news that one of our U6 lads is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Russells’ boys will be raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Old Haberdasher boys will remember raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust back in 2006 in support of Krishna Sabarwal, a boy who lost his fight to cancer when he was in Year 10.
How do we raise the money? Through the Team Russells Ironman Atlantic Challenge! Swim as many lengths of the pool as possible in a 15 minute time limit and then bring Mr Hardman as much sponsorship money as possible!
To date, over the past 12 years, boys have swum 35,861 lengths which equates to 509 miles.
We will be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
This outstanding hospital which specialises in paediatric services needs little in the way of introduction. It does need money though – and lots of it – in order to continue to give hope and care to children who are very unwell.
All of our charity efforts this year will be directed to this one cause, and we encourage every member of the Strouts family to get proactively involved.