|Ealing Students' Achievements Recognised|
Jack Petchey Foundation supporting young people
Ninety five young people from 15 Secondary schools in Ealing have been awarded for their achievements.
They received the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards at a special annual event held at Greenford Assembly Hall on Thursday 6th February.
The event honoured winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £200. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements but mostly for doing their best.
Five adults were celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.
The Jack Petchey Foundation has awarded £439,000 to youth organisations in Ealing since funding started in 2005.
Winners included Gabriella Bishop, aged 15, from Elthorne Park High School. JPF Coordinator at the school Alistair Grant said “Gabriella was rewarded for her tireless commitment to her team and personal development: She works so hard, never has time off, yet every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:10 she leaves school, catches the train from Central London to Brighton where she does football training at Brighton FC Academy. At the weekends she travels to wherever they are playing.
Chris Monponbanua, aged 13, from The Cardinal Wiseman School. Chris had outstanding performances in the year 8 rugby team, helping them to win the Hounslow and Ealing borough championship. Chris has been a dedicated member of the team and has attended all training sessions and helped lead the team to great success. The grant award was spent on new rugby kit for the year 8 team.
Rahul Mehta, aged 14, from Greenford High School. JPF Coordinator at the school is Mrs Lisa Thomas who said “Rahul was nominated by teachers and students for his work as a cyber-mentor. He is always helping others in his form, has a positive attitude and friendly. Also he is into public speaking and raising awareness of cyber mentors whose work is to help those students affected by cyber bullying.” The grant award was spent on E-safety resources on anti-cyber bullying awareness and training for student cyber mentors.
VIPs attending the event included Mr Steve Pound MP for Ealing North who said “I feel like I have been drinking champagne all evening but instead of a hangover, I have a real sense of pride and achievement of so many young people. They are truly inspirational. I thank Jack Petchey and the Foundation for opening the door to thousands of bright futures.”
Mayor of Ealing Cllr Kamalijit Dhindsha said “It has been a very inspiring evening – encouraging many young people to achieve their potential and celebrate what they have achieved already. I definitely feel inspired.”
Supt. Paul Martin from Ealing Police said “Too often we hear the media portray a negative image of young people and our future. Tonight is yet another reminder that we are surrounded by a wealth of talent and people of courage who will certainly achieve great things.”
The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. It has invested £85 million to a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex.
Founder, Jack Petchey CBE, aged 88, said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”
11th February 2014