In Citizenship Y9 partook in the annual First Give competition, in which each set had to choose a social issue, and a charity that they work alongside with. Each set would then hold various events and activities to raise money and awareness for their chosen charity and social issue. The winning group after the presentations would win £1000 for their chosen charity.
9A chose terminal illness with East Cheshire Hospice, and they held a bake sale and a fun run, raising £315. 9B chose gang violence with Prevent 2 Protect and made a short film about realistic gang violence. 9C chose human Trafficking and modern slavery with The Salvation Army, and they held a doughnut sale and performed a street drama, raising £128.74. 9D chose homelessness with Centrepoint, and they held a sleep out at school, wrote 121 letters to the homeless, walked 121,000 steps, collected 121+ hats, scarves, gloves, and socks, raising over £1300.
9E chose refugee poverty with Afrocats, holding a movie night, brownie sale, as well as making welcome boxes for refugees and partaking in a dance workshop, and they raised £2089. 9F chose disability awareness with Scope, and they had a bake sale, raising £150. 9G chose substance misuse with DSM Foundation, holding a tombola and making lesson plans and leaflets, raising £110.60
All sets did amazingly well with their diverse range of social issues and charities, but ultimately, there could only be one winner. After all the sets had presented to the panel of judges about their what they had done in many interesting and creative ways, it was surely a tough decision to make. In the end, 9E won the £1000 with their chosen social issue of refugee poverty and their charity Afrocats. Congratulations to 9E and well done to all the other sets. Thank you to everyone who came in to help with the various activities and thank you to the teachers who helped us throughout the process.
Written by Aamira – AGGS Media Team