Northwood College for Girls receive the Wings of Hope Achievement Award 2014-15


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 acclaimed 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 semi-finals had been held on the 25 June at the House of Lords with the line of panellists including:

Sir David Jason, acclaimed British actor
Mike Nithavriankis, Former British High Commissioner to India Richard Woolley, Design Studio Director, LandRover Ben Lewis, CEO, River Island
Professor Geeta Nargund, St. George’s Hospital and Founder of Create Fertility Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk to the Private Office to Her Majesty the Queen
Babita Sharma, BBC World New Presenter
Suzi Woolfson, Senior Partner, PwC
John Morris, Senior Partner, Smith & Williamson
Martin Issitt, Senior Partner, Eversheds
Alison Orsi, Vice President Marketing, Communications and Citizenship UK IBM.

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.

Their ingenious PR campaign included a local neighbourhood leaflet drop, an interview on the Harrow Community Radio and a meeting with the major of Harrow!

Northwood College for Girls’ Team Ignite won the ‘Best Community Action’ award and a summer internship. Team members Bansri Soni, Kanika Amin, Anjali Patel and Krishna Mehta organised and participated in a Santa Run; spring themed cake bake and selling of cup-cakes to neighbouring homes; a movie night and volunteering in a care home.

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

The team consisting of Sanjni Bhudia, Ayesha Mustafa, Nirali Shah, Janika Patel and Anjali Patel raised funds by a sponsored walk from Amersham to Pinner; a Dinner and Dance event; working in Sainsbury’s during half term and cake bake sales in local hospitals. The girls also managed to place a feature in Pinner Villager magazine.

The delighted students had dressed for the event as characters from their favourite books to celebrate the evening’s theme, “WOHAA – What a Novel Idea”, which aims to celebrate the importance of reading.

Filled with high-energy entertainment supporting young talent, the evening’s entertainment included dynamic street dances by Pineapple Performing Arts School and Britain Got’s Talent’s Gabz ‘brought the house down’ with her UK hit “Lighters”.

Videos and photos of the event can be seen at:- @officialWOHAA #wohaanovel

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