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4 July, 2006

Enter the G-Nation awards by 18 July 2006 to win some great charity prizes for your school

G-Week 2006 is here. Running until 9 July, G-Week offers the chance for schools around the country to unite in national week celebrating young people fundraising, volunteering and campaigning.

As part of this national week of charity action, schools are invited to enter the G-Nation Awards by recording their charity work from over the last year on an on-line diary on the G-Nation website before July 18 2006. There are eight prizes of a trip to London and 1,000 to be won, and an overall prize to take part in a unique charity experience run by the National Trust.

The winners of the top prize will get the chance to spend an action-packed week with their school friends at a National Trust coastline centre in Wales, Kayaking, biking, rock climbing and making the countryside accessible to all. The prize will bring together young people of mixed ability to find out how to make sure the countryside truly belongs to us all.

Its not too late to take part. To enter, all you need to do is organise some great charity events, campaign or volunteer and tell us about it by writing a diary about your experiences on our website. You can upload photos of your activities and share the different ways your school has got involved with charity action.

Director of Participation and Social Action, Andy Thornton said The great thing about charitable activity in schools is that it energises the school community and brings the good will that already exists to the surface. Schools are the main community experience for young people and to some extent teenagers need permission to show their positivity. Charitable activity in school is a great place to set this positivity loose, whilst developing social understanding at the same time.

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