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10 February, 2009

Award-Winning Nottingham Teens prepare for Visit to Cameroon Rainforest

A team of young charity activists from Rushcliffe Comprehensive School, Nottingham, are busy preparing for their trip to the forests of Cameroon with Citizenship Foundation project Giving Nation and environmental charity the Rainforest Foundation. In April they will spend seven days supporting the work of the Rainforest Foundation to protect the natural life, livelihoods and rights of people living in the forest.

The team of secondary students are national winners of the 2008 Giving Nation awards for outstanding charity and community action. Their prize is the educational trip, which will see them spend seven days learning about life in the forest, meeting pygmy children, taking part in traditional celebrations and learning how the forest is an essential source of medication, livelihood and food. Upon their return, they will play the role of youth ambassadors to the Rainforest Foundation, using their experiences to carry the message to young people and the world that protecting the rainforest, the lungs of the Earth, is a responsibility for one and all.

The students, all members of the school’s Citizenship Club, were selected as national winners from over 90 UK secondary schools who entered the awards by writing diaries of their school’s charity and community action on the Giving Nation website. Rushcliffe School’s award-winning diary documented over 200 actions organised by the students including: saving 169 square feet of rainforest by donating mobile phones, petitioning the local community on the arms trade and holding a TV debate with MP Kenneth Clarke on whether the U.K should apologise for the slave trade.

On winning the award Bex Bailey, 17, of Rushcliffe’s charity team commented:

“At Rushcliffe School Citizenship Club we all work really hard to try and make a difference to the world. Our work as a charity team is really important to us so being recognised for it is simply a brilliant bonus.  It has been a lifelong dream for me to go to the rainforest, so this is literally a dream come true!”

For more information please contact Felicity Tyson on felicity.tyson@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or 0207 566 4151. 

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