These 11 to 25 year olds were honoured at the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards
From raising money for Syrian refugees to making the lives of bus drivers easier, children from across Ealing were given a prestigious award for their community spirited actions.
Over 100 young people from senior schools and clubs in the borough were at the Awards at Greenford Assembley Hall on February 4th for a ceremony recognising their outstanding contributions.
Winners included 14-year-old Anupreet Mann who, as part of Featherstone High School’s charity committee, raised money for Syrian refugees, the Red Cross, Macmillan and Save the Children.
Shayma Hagos (14) from Brentside High School, recognised animosity between school children and bus drivers, and decided to become a Youth Travel Adviser, working with the bus garage and students to improve relationships.
Winner 16-year-old Anayis Der Hakopian, whose interest in film and media inspired her to give workshops on the topic at the Centre for Armenian Information and Advice, used her award of £200 as a contribution towards a two day residential centre at Woodrow High House.
Councillor Dr Patricia Walker, Deputy Mayor of Ealing, said: “We are very proud of our young people in Ealing and it was such a joy to see the outstanding achievements of the winners.
“I hope they will be an example to their peers and fellow students to believe in themselves, to aspire and to achieve.
“I so enjoyed participating in the ceremony.”
Councillor Binda Rai of Ealing Council added: “All Ealing’s young people are so inspirational in their own way.
“Just imagine if each one of them inspires one other young person to achieve, what a wonderful cascade effect we would achieve in the borough for the betterment of our community.”
The event honoured hard workers with medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque.
Sir Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions of young people and to support them in achieving their potential.
Almost 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex run the scheme, which contributes millions of pounds each year.
The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding.
Sir Petchey 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.”