Ballakermeen win £5,000 for Play Action International in One World Charity Challenge

The overall winning team from Ballakermeen High School

Play Action International, a charity that creates opportunities for disadvantaged children around the world to learn, develop and heal through play, has received a £5,000 donation after a team representing them from Ballakermeen High School were judged to be the winners in this year’s One World Charity Challenge.

The final of this year’s hotly contested event was held earlier this month in Babbage’s at the Mountain View Innovation Centre, in front of a live audience that included His Excellency The Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer, Chief Minister Alfred Cannan, other Ministers and MHKs as well as representatives from the Department of Education and students’ families.

Runner up teams from QE2 and Castle Rushen High School were awarded £2,750 and £1,750 respectively for their charities International Justice Mission, a charitable organisation that helps protect people in poverty from violence and slavery, and The Leprosy Mission. The QE2 team also won an additional £1,000 and the AFD Shield for Advocacy from the One World Charity Challenge sponsors AFD Software Ltd for their work in promoting their chosen charity to peers and public.

A further £500 each was awarded to Advantage Africa, represented by St Ninian’s High School, Send A Cow represented by Ramsey Grammar School and Chance for Childhood Teams represented by King William’s College.

In total £12,000 was awarded to charities on the night with a further £3,000 awarded in minor prizes to the charities represented by teams that did not make it through to the finals.

The One World Charity Challenge is an annual project which challenges teams of Year 12 students to choose, research and advocate for a charity that is working in the field of international development. The culmination of the project sees each team delivering a 10-12 minute multi-media presentation reflecting on the work of their chosen charity, how it makes a positive difference to young people in other parts of the world and how it meets the UN Sustainable Goals to help ensure a fairer world for everyone.

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