Team Insight Win At WOHAA Final
Tuesday 28th June 2016
Queen Anne’s ‘Team Insight’ have successfully won the award of ‘Most Entrepreneurial Team’ at the WOHAA Awards Ceremony 2016, held on Thursday 5 May. Attended by over 300 people, the ceremony took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London and ‘Be a Leader’ was this year’s theme for the evening’s celebrations.
‘Team Insight’, consisting of L6 pupils Britta Anderson, Cara Hall, Kate Hillas, Eliza McCreery, Jessica Roberts and Holly Webb, impressed the judges at the Semi-Finals with their fundraising, which saw the group raise £2,700 in total. During the evening, the girls were invited up on stage and presented with trophies by Cisco’s Tunji Akintokun, Fablab’s Tony Fish, Lorraine O’Brien of the Lorraine O’Brien Partnership, and Lord Tom NcNally, the Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
As with previous award ceremonies, the evening was hosted by young businesswoman, Smruti, with another speech from co-Founder Rajni about the Wings of Hope’s vision and future projects. Attendees also enjoyed dancing performances from Pineapple Performing Arts School and Gabz from Britain’s Got Talent performed to a warm reception.
Over 30,000 students from over 450 schools have now taken part in WOHAA since 2005. The Wings of Hope Children’s Charity is a UK based charity with the mission to “Empower Through Education”. The charity supports holistic education projects in the UK, India and Malawi.
Well done girls on a fantastic achievement.
Below, Britta Anderson, member of Team Insight, shares her team’s experience of participating in WOHAA:
“Back in the summer of U5, Lara, Kate, Holly, Jessica, Eliza and I came to together as a team to brainstorm ways in which we could raise money for the Wings Of Hope Charity. Our ideas included cake sales, a car wash, socials, a bacon buttie sale, a Prom for the current U5 year group and much more.
On returning to school and joining the Sixth Form, we began to turn our ideas into a reality. We came up with the name ‘Team Insight’ as we wanted this experience to give us an insight into the challenges faced in the real world and an insight into the lives of those less fortunate than us.
We began our fundraising with a bacon buttie sale and then moved onto selling shower speakers, strapzys and headphone connectors at the school’s Christmas Fayre. In addition to this, we sold personalised trackies. In the Christmas holidays we decided to do a car wash, which turned out to be a particularly tiring challenge!
Our next fundraising event included organising a raffle featuring two Adele tickets! This created a lot of excitement throughout the school and the winner, drawn by Mrs Harrington, was Mr Chapman. Our final and biggest fundraising event is still yet to take place and has proved to be the most challenging to organise. We are in the process of organising the final details for the U5′s ‘Welcome to Sixth Form Prom’. This event will take place on Monday 4 July and aims to give the U5 girls the chance to celebrate the end of their GCSE examinations and to look forward to the start of their Sixth Form life. It is a black tie event that will include a three-course meal and entertainment including a DJ and photobooth.
Following all of this hard work we raised approximately £920 and are hoping to raise another £1,500 from the Prom.
After sending our Snapshot Project into WOHAA, our team made it through to the Semi-Finals. We had to present our fundraising events to a panel of esteemed judges at the House of Lords and then a week later, we all attended the awards ceremony. After all our hard work we were extremely grateful to be awarded the prize for the most entrepreneurial group!
Taking part in WOHAA has been great fun and proved extremely beneficial to our communication, team work, listening, financial and organisation skills. We have learned skills that we are not able to learn in the classroom and that will prove essential in later life.
We would encourage every girl to take part in WOHAA when it is offered to them in Year 12!”
Team Insight at the WOHAA Semi Final