MP congratulates young philanthropists

July 19, 2013 6:43 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has congratulated a group of local students for winning a prestigious Youth Philanthropy Initiative, beating over 500 schools nationally.

The MP congratulated Ingrid, Kimberley, Lavanya and Alriatu, four year 9 students at Carshalton High School. Their presentation on how offenders can turn their lives around through education won a £3000 grant for a charity - Prisoners Education Trust (PET).

Tom said: "I would like to congratulate Carshalton High School for Girls for winning this prestigious award and in particular the four remarkable students whose hard work contributed to the success."

"It is great to see young people who are switched on and interested in charity work."

"Their winning-presentation certainly convinced me what a worthy charity PET is and the importance of support they offer to prisoners."

The four students took part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, a programme designed to provide young people with the skills and awareness to make a positive difference to their local communities. Participants had to fundraise for a charity of their choice and raise awareness of its causes. Having chosen PET, a small charity encouraging prisoners' rehabilitation through education, the young philanthropists then worked tirelessly, raising money by selling food and organising various sponsored events.

The hard work paid off when their presentation won, securing a £3000 grant for PET. The winning-group was invited to represent Carshalton High School for Girls at the Youth Philanthropy Initiative awards, where they spoke in front of an audience of 700 people, including celebrities and high-profile speakers. Tom Brake MP with Carshalton High School for Girls staff, PET representatives and the four winning-students - Alriatu, Kimberley (front), Lavanya and Ingrid (back)

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