On Wednesday 26th June, the Wings of Hope celebrated the end of WOHAA 2018-19 with our Annual Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

WOHAA participants from schools across London, Liverpool and even Geneva were present at this wonderful evening.

The celebrations kicked off in style with a dance showcase from Pineapple Dance, who then led the crowd back up to the beautiful Nuffield Hall where the Ceremony took place. After an introduction to the beginnings of the charity, Dr Sri Ram one of the co-founders of the Wings of Hope praised our current students for being ‘the light in the darkness’ with all their efforts and achievements of the past fourteen years of WOHAA.

Hosted by WOHAA founder Smruti Sriram, each Award was presented was given by a special guest. We were honoured to welcome Professor Shivakumar from London Business School, Damon Clarke ex-CEO of digital marketing company Brandwidth, Praful Nargund the Managing Director of Create Fertility, as well as the music sensation Arjun, to present Awards to our students.

These were interspersed with performances from within our student body, including Luke and Saskia from JFS who performed a duet on the guitar and piano which had everybody clapping along, Ishika from the Henrietta Barnett School who performed a moving rendition of Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind, not to mention a K-pop-inspired dance number from Zaynah, Shanice, and Noushin from Brampton Manor Academy, and an original poem written by Amy from Dartford Grammar.

We were also delighted to welcome back a WOHAA alumnus Abhinav, who presented our newest Award for Exemplary Teams, as well as performing a funky free-style dance.

Another high point of the night was presenting our Best Teacher Award for WOHAA 2018-19, which this year went to Naomi Colman from the Henrietta Barnett School for her work in coordinating 9 WOHAA teams!

After presenting Awards in the categories of Community Action, Entrepreneurship, Raising Awareness, Presentation, Excellence in Sports and the Arts, and for the Most Funds Raised, we were thrilled to announce the Overall Runners Up for WOHAA 2018-19 as Beats 4 Hope from the International School of Geneva, who ran a 7-hour drum marathon! To close the evening, Rajni the Wings of Hope Co-founder had the great pleasure of announcing that the Overall Winning team for WOHAA 2018-19 was Celestial, from West Kirby Grammar School. This amazing team ran a ‘Battle of the Bands’ scheme, which included training complete beginners in various instruments, forming them into bands, and putting on a concert for 150+ guests to see them perform and ‘battle’ it out, where team Celestial themselves also showcased their own musical talents! This team will be going on the once-in-a-lifetime expenses-paid trip to see our work in action in India, and to see for themselves what a difference they have made. Big congratulations to both Beats 4 Hope and Celestial!

 We are so proud of all our students, and all the Awards winners and runners up are given below. Click on our Winners' Team names to see some highlights of their work!

Community Action

Winning Teams: Solace, Drayton Manor High School and the Internationals, Lycée Français de Londres

 

Runners up: Believers, Mill Hill County High School and Maloto, West Kirby Grammar School

Excellence in Sports

Winning Teams: enDuranCe, Dulwich College and SDGKeepers, International School of Geneva

Runners up: Endeavour, West Kirby Grammar School

Excellence in the Arts

Winning Team: Aerglo, Brampton Manor Academy

Most Awareness Raised

Winning Teams: Vision, Forest School and Delivery, JFS

  

Most Entrepreneurial Team

Winning Teams: Fusion, The Henrietta Barnett School, Solar, The Henrietta Barnett School and Supreme, Mayfield School

  

Best Presentation

Winning Team: RR, Royal Russell School

Runners up: Nia & Eva, the Royal Masonic School for Girls

Exemplary Teams

I.A.M., Eltham Hill School; Opportunity, Hasmonean High School; Future, The Henrietta Barnett School

Most Funds Raised

Winning Team: Delta +, Whitgift School

Overall Runners Up: Beats 4 Hope, International School of Geneva

Overall Winners: Celestial, West Kirby Grammar School

Best Teacher Award: Naomi Colman, the Henrietta Barnett School