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12 October, 2004

Liberty X reward charitable giving

In Downing Street today, Liberty X and ministers are giving a little bit back to young people.

Putting their words into action, Liberty X, Miquita Oliver and Government Ministers will give some of their time and energy to the national youth initiative Giving Nation (G-Nation), as they present the 2004 G-Nation Awards.

The overall winner will travel to a charity project in India with Save the Children and Giving Nation in February and will be announced on Tuesday.

In addition schools will receive regional awards of up to £1,000 to use for their charity activity.

Around 60 young people from eleven schools throughout the UK will travel to London to celebrate their involvement in charity and receive their awards. With speeches by Government ministers David Milliband, Fiona Mactaggart and John Healey at 11 Downing Street, they will receive their prizes from celebrities and then take a flight on the British Airways London Eye.

Liberty X comments; "We are very happy, that we have been given the opportunity to be involved with G-Nation again this year. It's a great campaign that really talks to young people on their level. We have been so impressed by the participants’ achievements and are happy to be able to present them with their awards."

This year’s winners’ activities included an innovative G-Rock concert showcasing schools’ hottest musical talents and clearing rubbish to make a cleaner countryside, in addition to lots of money being raised for many different charities. Thousands of pupils took part in Giving Nation’s G-Week in July, an opportunity for secondary schools to engage in giving to charity. The aim of the campaign is to motivate young people to make a difference to causes they care about, whether interacting with their local community or raising money for an international aid charity.

Each school attending the awards had submitted a charity diary at the end of the summer term, which was then judged by region by a panel made up of charities and last year’s winners. The winning schools from each region and other outstanding entries will collect their prizes of up to £1,000, whilst one school will be announced overall winner of the once in a lifetime journey to an overseas project in India, with Save the Children in February.

Shortlisted Schools

Dyce Academy, Aberdeen

Haslingden High, Rossendale, Lancashire

Queen Elizabeth, Kirby Lonsdale, Lancashire

Kingsway School, Cheadle, Cheshire

Brynncelynnog Comprehensive, Pontypridd, Wales

Carlton Digby, Nottingham

Walton High, Stafford

Bensham Manor, Thornton Heath

Channel School, Folkestone

Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley, West Sussex

Stroud High School, Gloucestershire

For photographs from the day, or to set up interviews with the school or with G-Nation, please contact Lindsey Bailey (details below).

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Notes for editors:

Giving Nation (G-Nation) engages young people in charity through their schools, motivating them to expand and celebrate new and existing charitable activities they undertake and aiming to boost young people’s awareness and understanding of the role of charity within the UK.

Giving Nation www.g-nation.co.uk is backed by Citizenship Foundation, an independent charity that aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. Founded in 1989, it focuses particularly on developing young people's citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. The Foundation's work, across the UK and internationally, includes resources, training, active learning, community projects and research.

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