MPW students and staff have raised funds for a number of good causes during the Autumn Term. The Christmas Carol Service included a collection that raised a total of over £620 for the excellent Kids Company, a charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.
Following the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines in early November, two members of staff with family connections there decided to have a college collection to raise money for victims of the disaster. Ben Foley (whose aunt and her family live on the island of Leyte, where the city of Tacloban was razed to the ground) and Jinky Edwards (whose family live in Manila) were motivated by their links to the islands to do what they could to help (luckily, none of their own family members were harmed). An all-staff email and specially printed posters alerted tutors to the appeal in aid of D.E.C. (the Typhoon Disaster Emergency Committee, which is administering all funds raised by UK charities, including the Red Cross). Collection buckets in college raised a total of over £300, which is being used toward providing water, medicines, food and temporary shelters.
Finally, MPW students and staff made the world better by wearing a sweater on 13 December. This was Christmas Jumper Day 2013, in aid of Save the Children. The Year-10 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award students, Tanal Debs, Andreas Zotiades, Darius Amrolia, Arthur Turner, Ahmed Elmahmoudi and Karim Eid, along with Silver participant Evgenia Mantatova, put all of their efforts into fundraising for the event. Over the week of the 9th-13th of December, students brought in money by selling delicious cupcakes, homemade Christmas cards, raffle tickets and by wearing their Christmas jumpers (for which each person donated £1). The winner of the raffle secured a fantastic bag of goodies sourced by Darius Amrolia, which included Lancôme perfume, a year’s subscription to Tatler magazine and a beautiful bracelet.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in Christmas Jumper Day 2013. The college was able to raise more than £240. Nationally, the appeal has raised over £880,000 to date, and this money raised will make a real difference to children in some of the toughest parts of the world, by paying for such projects as life-saving mosquito nets, treating malnourishment and protecting children from deadly diseases.