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Wings of Hope

From L: Miss Smruti, Mr Jean Nassens, Mrs DeClerk, Mrs Rajni, Lord Dholakia, Dr Ram,
 Mrs S Ram, Mrs Sharmilla Tagore and Lady Dholakia

What’s the Big WOHAA about Sharmila Tagore at the Awards ceremony?

At a Glittering Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on Saturday 1st April The Wings of hope achievement awards (WOHAA) were handed over to some amazing students by Bollywood Actress Ms Sharmila Tagore. These students had spent months of hard work raising funds for poor students in India and Africa.

Over 600 students had participated in the awards and the winners were students from North London Collegiate School, Edgware; Royal Masonic, City of London Girls School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree; Nottinghill and Ealing High School Francis Holland School, Sloane Square and Channing School.

Dr R S Ram the founder of the charity told reporters that the dedication and entrepreneurial skills shown by these students was breath taking.

He said that the semi finals was judged by a host of celebrities including Sir David Jason (aka Del Boy), The Marquess of Bath, Lord Dholakia, Baroness Scott , CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi and a Senior Partner of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

He said the awards were designed by a Group of Gap year students and each group had to devise its own name.

It was a Win Win award since students who participated went through a very steep learning curve in organising events. They learnt key transferable skills not taught in schools and were given guidance in workshops designed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. The students felt a deep sense of achievement in being able to help their poor counterparts in India and Africa.

‘Flying to Freedom’ from NLCS and Royal Masonic School won the award for Innovation. ‘Doves of Peace’ from Notting Hill & Ealing High School for the most Awareness being raised and to ‘Imagine’ from NLCS for Best Presentation. The team ‘Magic’ from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls with their themed dinner dances won the award for most Funds Raised. Other awards were presented to team ‘ Sky High Hope and ‘Fashion Group ‘ from Francis Holland, team ‘GISEL ANGELS’ from Channing School team ‘RARE and SLICK’ from NLCS and team ‘CLSG’ from City of London School.

Dr Ram was delighted that Ms Sharmila Tagore had accepted to represent Wings of hope as the International Ambassador. He said that Ms Sharmila Tagore was not just a famous Bollywood name but a dedicated professional whose involvement in charitable work is well known. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She praised the work undertaken by Wings of hope and in particular the long lasting value of educating girls in underdeveloped countries.

For the Safari and Sari Ball the elegant Marriott ballroom became an African Savannah with life size animals like Elephants, Zebras and Chimpanzees setting the scene. Over 500 guests dined on a lavish Indian feast; they were entertained by African drummers, a magician, Bollywood and Ballroom dancers and superb live music by acclaimed vocalists Thomas and Jennifer Henry.

Sponsors of this black tie event included Saatchi & Saatchi, Lehman Brothers,

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Western Union, Berry Floor, Revital health foods, The Supreme Group and Media Partners Sony Entertainment Television Asia.

Wings of Hope Children’s Charity, supports orphans and deprived children with free education. The aim is to provide children with education for a period of 7-10 years helping them to stand on their own feet and out of deprivation.

With just £10 a month the Wings of Hope can educate a child in an established and reputable private school.

The contact details are given below if you wish to find out more about the Wings of Hope campaign.

Wings of Hope
York House, Empire Way
HA9 0PA England

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