Hendon teenagers praised by politicians for quirky Wings of Hope charity

Teenagers praised by politicians for quirky charity challenge

Yoel

Raphael at Kings Cross Station during their charity feat

First published in News Times Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A quirky challenge dreamt up by two teenagers to raise money for charity has won praise from two of the country's top politicians.

Yoel Rosen and Raphael Spitzer, who go to Hasmonean Boys School, in Holders Hill Road, Hendon, are taking part in this year’s Wings of Hope Challenge.

The two Year 9 pupils visited all 283 tube stations in London to help raise money for underprivileged children who cannot read or write in Malawi.

The duo received letters from both Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Education Secretary Michael Gove congratulating them on their success.

Yoel, 14, decided to write to the cabinet members to raise awareness about their campaign, which they have called Right2Write.

In his response, Mr Osborne said: “Yoel has found a fun way of fundraising by visiting every single tube station in London.

“Wings of Hope is a fantastic charity. The Wings of Hope achievement awards are a great way to get UK school children involved.”

Yoel said: “I am extremely pleased to have received their approval. I believe strongly education is an entitlement as opposed to a privilege.”

The Wings of Hope scheme gives one fundraising team the opportunity to travel to India to meet the children they are trying to help and see the impact the money has had on their lives.

They have so fair raised £760 by selling wristbands and holding a non-school uniform day at their school.

Their next goal is to be selected as the semi finalists for the next stage of the award - where they will have to present their projects at the House of Lords.

To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/right2write

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1:06pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

I have a lot of respect for the young Edgware volunteers who worked hard all day to improve the Stonegrove estate’s communal garden (see “Young volunteers help clear out community centre and gardens on Edgware estate”, 23 March). But I have little respect for teenagers who raise money for charity by soliciting sponsorship for a fun project that benefits no one but themselves.

Well done, Stonegrove Estates Youth Project! But why couldn’t the Hasmonean boys have done some equally useful hard work to raise money for charity, rather than just being sponsored for a jolly day out and then boasting about it to cabinet members?
I have a lot of respect for the young Edgware volunteers who worked hard all day to improve the Stonegrove estate’s communal garden (see “Young volunteers help clear out community centre and gardens on Edgware estate”, 23 March). But I have little respect for teenagers who raise money for charity by soliciting sponsorship for a fun project that benefits no one but themselves. Well done, Stonegrove Estates Youth Project! But why couldn’t the Hasmonean boys have done some equally useful hard work to raise money for charity, rather than just being sponsored for a jolly day out and then boasting about it to cabinet members? Edgar de Jarnac
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