St Wilfrid’s One World Group were invited to a glittering awards ceremony in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday 23 November for the national Celebrating Young People Awards.
Our Chaplain, Claire Franke, nominated three groups for the awards. Our St Wilfrid’s Charity Team were nominated for their outstanding fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer, were nominated for St Josephine Bakhita Award, Celebrating Human Dignity. Sixth Form student, Georgia Green, was nominated for her exceptional commitment to the community life at St Wilfrid’s for the Dorothy Day Award for fostering community and participation. Our One World Group, a group of like-minded students who meet, pray and plan actions around those issues to raise awareness surrounding Fairtrade, Climate Change and Refugees were nominated for the Barbara Ward Award, Caring for the Environment.
“We were delighted that our One World Group were shortlisted for the work that they have done in school. They are incredibly dedicated and proactive, meeting regularly to discuss and pray about Justice and Peace. This is a wonderful way for them to get some recognition of the impact of their work” said Michael Ferry, Headteacher. Nominations and Awards were made in eight categories, including the Barbara Ward Award, Caring for the Environment which St Wilfrid’s One World Group were shortlisted for. The guest of honour, Archbishop Malcom McMahon, gave the Pope Francis award on the night, the overall youth award.
“Young people all too often get a bad name,” said Danny Curtin, Director of Million Minutes. “But often there selfless and sometimes unseen actions can inspire all of us. Million Minutes is all about giving a voice the young people that get overlooked. We’re delighted to have held these awards to celebrate all that young people are and all that they give to our world.”
The awards are intended to celebrate and inspire young people to get more involved in social action projects, as well as helping everyone to reflect on how Catholic social teaching is being lived out in the everyday of our lives. The awards have been organised and promoted by Million Minutes, a charity that supports projects helping young people to transform their lives and put Catholic social teaching into practice.