Archive for July 6th, 2012
Saw an interesting daytime programme on TV this week. (No: I’m not a particularly avid daytime TV fan – especially not the likes of Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle; but sometimes it’s good to just take a break and relax in front of the ‘box’ for a short while!)
In the programme You Deserve this House, presenter Amanda Lamb finds community heroes whose beneficiaries have nominated them to have a secret home makeover. This week she featured husband and wife team Ian and Katherine Payne, who run a club called Rocky Kids. It’s a “dynamic, creative, chaotic” outreach of the Hope Community Church in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK, that aims to make every child feel “special and unique”. In this episode one of the makeover volunteers was a young lady that the couple had nurtured for several years, and who attributed her present outgoing personality to their tireless efforts. She was delighted to be able to give something back, through the makeover project.
As a Trustee of the Chreda Foundation I found it really inspiring to see positive values and leadership qualities being instilled into young people in this way. This is part of our mission, and a goal that we hope to achieve through the Chreda Prize, which we will be introducing over the next 18 months. This will be awarded annually to the young person who most reflects our aims and objectives in a social enterprise or charitable activity that they are currently carrying out. We want to encourage young people to become good role models and productive members of society – upright individuals whose behaviour towards those around them reflects high moral, ethical and spiritual values. We will be looking particularly for evidence of spirituality in action.
In order to make nominations for the Prize as representative as possible, we will be starting to seek out lots of examples of young philanthropists around the UK. If you know of a young person who is doing good within their community, engaging in socially-worthwhile efforts and trying to make the world a better place, then do let us know. You can either post a comment, below, or use our contact page. Or, if you prefer, you can contact the Chreda Foundation direct.
One from near where I live, in South Wales, UK. According to yesterday’s South Wales Evening Post members of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board have raised £2,518 for Cancer Research UK, by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel at Llandarcy pool. The team of six each swam 3.5 miles.