There is an active charity committee called Yad beYad (hand-in hand) that meets up once a fortnight to discuss charity endeavours and arrange charity fundraisers within the school.
Yad beYad have selected the 4 charities that they would like to support throughout the year. These charities are to help the most vulnerable people. One is local, one Jewish, one international and one Israeli charity.
1) The Ollie foundation https://theolliefoundation.org/memorials/oliver-leigh/ – a charity set up by parents who’s sons committed suicide, including one of our own students. They offer mental health first aid training to try and prevent suicide to the local community.
2) Jami https://jamiuk.org– they provide practical and emotional support for everyone affected by a mental health problem, the person with the diagnosis, friend, relative or employer.
3) CFAB http://cfab.org.uk/– they protect vulnerable children separated from their families across international borders. they can alert social services and professionally assess long-term care options for children in the UK and over 120 countries.
4) JNF Youth Centre Project https://www.jnf.co.uk/projects/– They provide a safe haven for children who come from abusive homes. They are fed and looked after by a mother-like figure. It prevents children from having to go into foster care.
Within JiEP (Jewish informal Education Programme) there is a social action coordinator who helps to arrange volunteering and charity work within and outside the school. If your child would like to discuss opportunities, they can come and see Bethany in the JiEP/JS office (Y116).
Some of our fundraisers we’ve ran so far this year:
- BBC Children in need – Yad BeYad have been selling Pudsey badges to raise money.
- Mad hair day – students were allowed to dye their hair on Friday 29 December, to raise funds for Chai Cancer Care.
- Winter Fair was held in the Theatre during lunchtime on Thursday 12 December. The money raised went to Versus Arthritis.
WOHAA (Wings of Hope Achievement Award) https://www.thewingsofhope.org/what-is-wohaa – Students in years 9-13 work in small teams (6 or less) to run fundraising projects for the Wings of Hope Children’s Charity which helps children in India and Malawi to gain a free education. Students gain valuable skills from close mentoring and workshops from our corporate partners, allowing them to kick-start their career development with events such as Speed Mentoring and be inspired by speakers at Back to School Day. Through this national programme, teams are in with a chance to be selected for the semi-finals which are held at the Houses of Parliament!
WE Charity https://www.we.org/en-CA/about-we/we-charity/– WE Charity is an international charity and educational partner. Our organization is unique in that it operates collaborative programmes both domestically and internationally. In the US, Canada, and the UK, WE Day and WE Schools are initiatives of WE Charity that educate and empower young people. WE Schools is a year-long service-learning programme that nurtures compassion in students and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. And WE Day is a series of inspiring events that celebrate youth making a difference in their local and global communities.
Shalva Marathon – This is for Year 12 students only. For students that sign up www.run4shalva.org/mt-register , they get the opportunity to take part in the Jerusalem marathon with other school students, as well as the children, parents and staff who attend Shalva (Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities). Over 600 participants of the marathon run under the Shalva banner. Following months of marathon training and fundraising for the Shalva cause, the team members come together for a weekend of Shalva tours, events, and the marathon itself.