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Cardinal Pole takes up charity challenge

Abigail Lashley and Eniola Aboaba, two Year 10 students from Cardinal Pole Catholic School, represented Inspire! as part of an innovative programme organised by First Give.

The initiative, which seeks to build a culture of giving and volunteering amongst young people, invited teams of Year 10 students at the school to choose and research a charity working in the local community. Each team then put together a short presentation and video about their chosen charity and why they felt it should benefit from one of the cash prizes on offer.

Abigail and Eniola explained that they had been looking for a charity involved with work experience and their online research led them to nominate Inspire!. They visited our office for a tour and briefing on Inspire!’s work to help them with their presentation. “They do work experience, help people on the different jobs they can do and allocate mentors for students,” Eniola said during the presentation. Four members of Inspire! staff, including Director, Jonny Boux, attended the event along with representatives from the other charities selected.

Sadly, the girls’ presentation did not make it into the top three but we are delighted that they now know more about Inspire!’s work.

Jonny Boux said afterwards: “Abigail and Eniola did a great job and we hope they learned a lot, not only about Inspire! but also about research, putting together and delivering a professional presentation – all skills that will help them succeed in their future working lives. First Give has introduced a great project, which they have delivered in Hackney for the first time this year. We look forward to working with them in the future and perhaps helping them to take their initiative into more of the schools we work with.”