WOHAA is a scheme offered to UK students that enables you and your friends to be creative in managing your own wacky events all in the name of charity!
WOHAA is a unique challenge for students that not only helps you to develop skills needed beyond the academic arena, but also provides an opportunity to make a direct and long lasting difference on the lives of children in the developing world!
WOHAA truly is an award BY students, FOR students…
- Open to anyone in years 9 -13 but we welcome keen applicants from outside this year bracket
- In a team of up to six, you design and carry out your own wacky events
- WOHAA gives you the flexibility to do anything you want, be it a few small events like a cake sale to eventually build up to coordinating a larger event, such as a sky-dive or masquerade ball!
- As it is a competition, you are in for the chance of winning some fabulous prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to India!
WOHAA is split into four main stages:
1: Register online by 31st November.
First and foremost is registration. Simply organise your team and fill in the entry form to get started!
Your WOHAA journey begins by your team brainstorming some crazy fundraising ideas. Previous participants have advised that you get yourselves organised ASAP as you only have until February to carry out your events.
The main categories you will work towards are:
- Most innovative team
- Most awareness raised
- Most funds raised
- Best presentation
- SPEAK OUT
- Overall best team/individual
More information can be found in the WOHAA welcome pack, which can be downloaded from the Resources Centre.
2: The ‘Snapshot Project’ Report Submitted in February
You will need to record all your experiences and fundraising adventures in a ‘Snapshots Project’ which can be presented to us in the form of a scrap book, PP presentation, video or even a rap!
Things to include…
- Pictures and videos of your events – remember to be trigger happy with your camera!
- Role of each team member
- Any evidence of your fundraising and awareness raised. For example, letters of support or rejection, maybe you may even get some press coverage!
- Overall skills you have learnt and developed
- Money that you have collected during your projects as a cheque
- Gift aid forms signed by your donors (so remember to get these signed during your fundraising). Gift aid means that without you having to do anything, for every £1 that is donated by a UK taxpayer, the government will give the charity 28p – for free! (More info in the welcome pack)
- A reference letter from your parents and your teacher. NB: The teacher’s letter is per group.
- Problems you come across, individually or as a team, and how you resolve them. Or any problems that were too big to overcome and why.
- You will need to send everything in along with a Snapshots Submission Form to reach us by the deadline.
3: The Semi-Finals at the House of Lords in March
From all the Snapshots Projects we receive, the best projects will be short-listed and those teams will be invited to the Semi-Finals at the House of Lords. These teams/individuals will be invited to give a five minute presentation of their project and present their WOHAA journey to our distinguished panel of judges, with a short question and answer session at the end.
4: The Annual Award Ceremony
The Annual Awards Ceremony is a fun filled, glitzy evening in celebration of all the hard work and efforts of everyone that has taken part in WOHAA. The overall winners of WOHAA receive their amazing prize of a trip to a far flung corner of the world. This will all take place at a top London venue with all the Wings of Hope volunteers, patrons, and associates attending, as well as hundreds of WOHAA participants, teachers and parents from across the country!
- A WOHAA certificate for those teams/individuals that complete the award scheme which will add a prestigious element to CVs and UCAS forms.
- The top 25 teams/individuals have the opportunity to present their projects at the House of Lords to our distinguished judging panel, and our winners will have their moment in the spotlight at the glitzy Annual Awards Ceremony to receive their trophies.
- The winning teams/individuals of WOHAA will get the amazing opportunity of work experience at world renowned companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edelman, Tata Consultancy Services, ARUP and Boots. The work experience will take place at their UK offices during school summer holidays. Read about the feedback from winners here.
- The overall winners announced at the Annual Award Ceremony will actually go out to one of the educational projects in India or Malawi on an all expenses paid trip. The students will get a chance to see the delights of unique cultures and experience first hand the life changing work Wings of Hope achieves through their fundraising efforts.