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25 September, 2006

National Youth Charity Awards winners announced

Torry Academy, Aberdeen and Kings Mill School, East Yorkshire have been declared overall winners of the Citizenship Foundation's Giving Nation Awards 2006 for young people’s charitable endeavour. On 12 October, they will join young charity activists from eight other UK schools to receive the awards in recognition of their charity, campaigning and volunteering action at HM Treasury, Whitehall.

Each year Giving Nation, a programme run by the Citizenship Foundation, offers young winners the opportunity to see the practical outcome of their charity action by spending a week directly experiencing the work of a charity in the U.K or overseas. This year students from Torry Academy and Kings Mill, a residential special needs school, will spend a week with the National Trust on the Welsh coast doing outward bound activities and working together to create solutions to make the coastline accessible to all, regardless of physical ability.

The Giving Nation Awards promotes 11-16 year olds’ involvement in charitable giving and their understanding of the issues involved through an online awards entry where they can document and reflect on their positive actions throughout the school year.

Speaking about the awards, Torry Academy teacher, Alan Millar said: “Winning the Giving Nation award has definitely raised the profile of our students’ charity committee in school and as a direct result the profile of giving and getting invoved in charity action has improved. I am immensely proud of the work that has been put in by the pupils. Their commitment and passion to actually do something about injustice and unfairness in the World has been great.Their knowledege about the issues involved never ceases to amaze me.”

Director of Participation & Social Action, at the Citizenship Foundation, Andy Thornton, explained: “These awards celebrate the tremendous achievements of schools throughout the country. This is the tip of the iceberg now that so many schools make the connection between their charity and community work and the citizenship curriculum. Students are learning the many ways that we create fair and inclusive societies… from passing fair laws to taking voluntary action. This helps them to see the deeper issues involved and that their efforts can really help to shape the world we live in.”

On 12 October 50 young people from around the UK will join government ministers and charity representatives to celebrate what young people can do for charity and community when given the chance. Following a boat trip along the Thames and press call, they will be presented with their prizes of £1000 towards future charitable giving in the school.

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