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Hasmonean High School, Mill Hill, teenagers prepare for India trip after winning Wings of Hope competition
Teenagers who raised thousands in a brutal mountain trek will jet off to India after winning a national fundraising contest.
Anna Lawson, Sara Cowen, Olivia Dowell, Chanie Shear and Tsiona Hill, from Hasmonean High School, Mill Hill, were the winners of the Wings of Hope Achievement Award.
The school friends raised £3,162 for the charity, which provides free schooling for underprivileged children, after completing a sponsored mountain trek in the Peak District in freezing temperatures.
More than 500 pupils from across England entered the competition and came up with an innovative fundraising idea, so the girls were shocked when they were crowned the overall winners.
As part of their prize, the year ten pupils will fly to Chennai, India, on Sunday for a ten-day trip to teach at a primary school for underprivileged children.
Tsiona, 14, of Sunnybank, Potters Bar, said: “We want to help the charity as long as we can. I am incredibly excited to go to India.”
During their stay they will also undertake work experience for a Jewish pharmaceutical company.
The awards ceremony was held in May at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Chanie, of Hallswelle Road, Temple Fortune, said: “We burst into tears of shock when we found out we’d won. It’s all we’ve been able to talk about.
“I am excited about teaching the children - it’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
Sara, 14, said: “I am excited to see India and see the general bustle of the Indian street. It will be so different from life in London.
“We decided to enter because it looked like a fun challenge.”
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