Join us for our AGM

Rosemary with Lucy Johnson

Rosemary with Lucy Johnson

Please come along to our AGM on Friday 11th September. We will be holding this at Greens Restaurant in St Johns and everyone is welcome to join us to see what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning for the coming year. The official meeting will be short and followed by a talk from Lucy Johnson, an 18-year-old student from Ramsey who will be recounting highlights from her summer expedition helping an orphaned children’s project in Malawi. Doors open 6.30pm, tea, coffee and drinks from the bar available for purchase.

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Castle Rushen slam dunk One World Centre poetry competition

Poetry slam winners 2015 compressedA dramatic performance of a poem on Child Soldiers saw a team from Castle Rushen High School clinch first place in an exciting Poetry Slam organised by the One World Centre last week.

Year 7 students from both Castle Rushen and QE2 High Schools took part in the competition which required youngsters to write, memorise and perform a poem on one of four global themes. The other topics were hunger, water and sanitation, and conservation in a global context.

Following inter-school competitions, the ten finalists performed their pieces at QE2 in front of a panel of judges and other Year 7 students.

All the teams performed well with clear expression and some very emotional, heart-wrenching content but it was Castle Rushen’s powerful delivery, sense of rhythm, team interaction and strong message that gave them the overall win.

Their performance was all the more impressive given there had been some last minute changes to the team’s line up of Ryan Coates, Percy Hampton and John Keig – and Percy was working with a broken arm!

Runners up were a group from QE2 who tackled the subject of hunger for their poem.

Prior to the event all the youngsters were treated to a performance from local poet and chief judge Bill Strutt who had composed some verse of his own for the occasion.

One World Centre Director Rosemary Clarke said: “We had run the Poetry Slam before as a pilot with Castle Rushen High School and it was clear that the students learned a lot from the project, not only in terms of writing and performing poetry but thinking about a response to some of the big issues in the world today.

“It was really inspiring to see QE2 students take up the challenge too and we hope to involve more schools in future.”

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Primary Film Competition – you can view here!

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The films of the four finalists from the Primary Short Film Competition can be seen below:

Overall Winner, Sulby

Winner of best Title Sequence, St Johns

Winner of best Call to Action, Anagh Coar

Winner of best Special Effects, Ashley Hill

 

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A week to go for the Global Village!

Web Indian dance croppedLinette will be back again this year with two dances.  Other performers include African and Bulgarian dancers, a Filipino harpist and displays of Aikido and Karate – and there will be the opportunity to try your hand with a didgeridoo.

So come and find us in the Arboretum in St Johns on Monday 6th July from 1000, with performances in the afternoon.

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Hat trick for Sulby in It’s Not Fair! film competition

All the young finalists at the 2015 One World Centre Primary School Film competition awards

All the young finalists at the 2015 One World Centre Primary School Film competition awards

Move over Hollywood! The students at Sulby Primary School are making a name for themselves with a remarkable run of wins in the One World Centre’s It’s Not Fair! short film competition.

Designed to allow primary children to explore global issues and express their learning creatively in a four-minute film, the competition, kindly sponsored by Sure, attracted entries on a number of topics including fair trade and rainforest destruction

Having enjoyed previous wins with films on general issues around global fairness and inequality, this year Sulby scooped the top prize again with an entry that focussed on water.  Their success was announced at a special award screening held at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on Monday evening in front of the other competition finalists, as well as teachers and parents.

Sulby’s film, which was described by the judges as “beautiful”, “engaging” and “thought-provoking”, followed the story of a drop of water as it travelled through time and around the earth, eventually falling into a stagnant muddy pool in Africa where it was drunk by a young girl with no access to clean fresh water.

Whilst highlighting the tragic effects of dirty water on the young and vulnerable, the film also contained humour, lots of facts and information and suggestions on how access to water and sanitation can be improved for the millions who don’t currently have it. The film was awarded Best Production as well as Best Overall Film.

Other award winners were Anagh Coar (Best Call to Action) who looked at the impact of deforestation and talked about their decision to adopt a rainforest jaguar; Ashley Hill (Best Special Effects) who made good use of green screen to feature on Fairtrade and St Johns (Best Title Sequence) who looked at different types of unfairness in the world, including education, with very imaginative use of sport to make their points.

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The countdown to the Global Village has begun!

Web Karate 2Tynwald Day – Monday 6th July – will soon be here and plans for the Global village are being finalised.  There will be:

* stalls run by Manx charities working overseas

* stalls run by country groups – come and have your name written in Chinese characters

* food from around the world

* activities for the family

* fairly traded goods

* performances including poetry, taekwondo, karate and aikido

Come and join us from 1000.

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Part time job vacancy

OWCC15 236Would you like to enable sixth formers to engage with development issues? Are you looking for part time work? Do you enjoy communicating? Do you have administrative skills? Can you work independently?

If so you may be the person we are looking for!  The One World Charity Challenge needs a project co-ordinator working 8 hours a week from September 2015 to March 2016.  The closing date is 17:00 on Monday 15th June, and this is where you can find further information.  Interviews are expected week beginning 22nd June.

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Fabulous Response to DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal

£15,800 has been banked as a result of the street collections on the Island the first weekend in May.  Thank you very much to those who stood on the streets and to so many who gave very generously.  It was astonishing to see so many notes and more silver than copper in the buckets.

In addition, Shakti Man (the Fairtrade shop in Ramsey) raised £3,000+ from a raffle and this will support the Fairtrade producers in Nepal that have been affected by the earthquake.

£3,000 was also raised by a retiring collection at the two ticketed events of the Guild.  This will be split between three smaller charities working in Nepal.

The Rotary Club are promoting their shelter boxes and so far another £8,000 has been contributed to this.

Well done to all, and many thanks for the difference you are making in the lives of those affected by the earthquake in Nepal

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DEC Appeal for Nepal

dec-appeal-header(1)Following the vivid news reports of the earthquake in Nepal and the launch of the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal, the One World Centre is co-ordinating street collections across the Island this weekend.  Please contact us if you can help at one of the following locations, or would like a bucket for your own event:

Castletown (Saturday)

Douglas (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Peel (Saturday)

Port Erin (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Ramsey (Friday and Saturday)

 

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Live Below the Line

Day two of this year’s five day challenge: only use £1/day for all of your food and drink. Porridge was an excellent start this morning but one slice of bread with a little jam and a small clementine needs to keep me going for another few hours.  Still, it is my choice, to stand alongside those who have no choice and whose pound equivalent has to stretch for more than food and drink.

And it is particularly poignant with the news reports of the earthquake in Nepal.  So many people with so few resources and limited infrastructure.

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