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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Fairtrade

FairtradeConf15 177At the end of January the third Primary Fairtrade Conference took place in the Government Buildings in Douglas.  A key feature of the event was a formal debate on the topic: All organisations on the Isle of Man should only use Fairtrade tea coffee and sugar and you can see one of the four groups tackling this debate in the picture above.

Sixteen schools took part, each sending 4 delegates, and they have been busy since preparing for Fairtrade Fortnight.  As well as providing assemblies for their school mates, some delegates took the Fairtrade message to one or more other schools.  There were tuck shops, Fairtrade Hamper raffles and dress down days.

On the Final Saturday students from St Thomas’ Primary School joined members of the Fairtrade Group to run a Fairtrade stall in the Strand Centre in Douglas, complete with smoothie bike provided by the Manx Co-operative Society.

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One World Charity Challenge Final

The winning team from Castle Rushen celebrating their triumph at the end of six months work.  Their innovative presentation started with a challenge from “a music producer” to write a charity song that would sweep into the charts.  The audience was swept along as the team thought about charities, decided to focus on Toybox, and found out more about its work.  The climax of the evening was their Toybox song.  The team also won the audience vote and so won £3,800 for their charity.

In joint second place, winning £2,500 for their charities, were the teams from King William’s College (Mannin Africa Sponsors International) and Queen Elizabeth II High School (School for Uganda).

In joint third place, winning £1,600 for their charities, were the teams from Ballakermeen High School (Action Saves Kids), the Isle of Man College (Pahar Trust) and St Ninian’s High School (Kocep).

It was particularly special to welcome Carole Edgecox (ASK) who has been very unwell recently, and Mary Stewart (KOCEP) who spends most of her time in Kenya.

 

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