The winning Eclipse team from Northwood College

Wings of Hope Achievement Award 2014-15

20th July 2015

On Friday 10 July, the Wings of Hope Achievement Award (WOHAA) 2014-15 Final Awards Ceremony took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The prestigious annual event attracted around 300 guests including teachers, parents and students from WOHAA past and present.

The evening was co-hosted by presenter and journalist Nadira Tudor and young businesswoman, Smruti. Co-Founders Rajni and Dr Sri Ram gave inspirational speeches about the Wings of Hope’s vision as it enters its tenth year.

Over 25,000 students from over 400 schools have taken part in WOHAA since 2005 and this year’s students shone with their innovative fundraising activities which included a three-day rowing marathon, 24 hour fasts, Santa fun-runs, converting old vinyl records into fruit bowls, dramatic haircuts, London Underground poster campaigns and creation of a Wings of Hope themed frozen yoghurt.

The ‘Overall Winning Team and Most Funds Raised’ award was presented to Team Eclipse from Northwood College for Girls in Maxwell Road, Northwood who impressed the judges with their outstanding fundraising endeavours.

The winning team will be setting off on an expenses-paid trip to India in February half term where they will have the unique opportunity to teach at the Wings of Hope School and visit the WOHAA slums project.

Winners and runners up were treated to an Oscars-style evening with trophies, video montages of their work and on-stage photographs. The trophies were presented by the BBC’s Babita Sharma, Neil Roskilly, the CEO of the Independent Schools’ Association, Lady Gill Hinchcliffe, and Dawn Butler MP.

The winning Eclipse Team included five girls: Lauren Lewis, Davina Pindoria, Tara Ghassami, Riya Kotecha and Sherin Ahmet.

The team raised a huge £6,000 by organising six events - a sponsored haircut, swim and cycle; a school talent show for which they invited family and friends; a student prom and an afternoon tea for the elderly. The girls sold sweets and necklaces at three Christmas fairs and attended an Asian Community event.

Northwood College for Girls’ Team Ignite won the ‘Best Community Action’ award and a summer internship, and Team Soar were presented with ‘Runners Up to the Most Funds Raised’ award and will also receive a summer internship.

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