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How To Use This Lesson Go-Givers’ PowerPoints are designed to inform and support critical thinking and discussion. They can be used in their entirety. However, please feel free to save this lesson to your computer and edit, omit or add content as appropriate for your pupils. Please remember: • Always show the PowerPoint in ‘slide show’ view. Links and animations will only work when in this mode. • The green dot in the bottom right hand corner of the slide indicates when the slide animation is compete. •The Learning Activities are intended for use in conjunction with the PowerPoints and are linked at the end. This lesson highlights the amazing achievements of young people who have campaigned for a cause they care about passionately. But ten year old Stacey Hillman knew that you could do a lot with a pile of pennies! Being an animal lover she was very upset to hear that police dogs were being shot and killed on duty. It didn’t seem fair to Stacey that police dogs weren’t given the same protection as the police officers they worked with. She found out that bullet proof vests for the dogs would cost a little over £300 each. Six years later her organisation has raised £150,000 - enough money to buy 404 canine bullet proof vests! Stacey is one of many children who have had the courage to start a charity for a cause they felt was important. When she was just eleven years old Annie Wignall started The Care Bags Foundation. She was touched by stories of children having to flee their homes in crisis situations, leaving their possessions behind them. Annie began filling special Care Bags with essential and comforting items suitable for every age, from babies to eighteen year olds. Now Annie is director of a nationally recognised charity with its own headquarters. She oversees the efforts of the many volunteers who provide thousands of bags to children all over the world. Nine year old Melissa Poe wrote to President Bush (Senior) about the need to clean up the environment. Her letter was pasted on billboards all over America. Her club has mushroomed from 6 to 300,000 members! To date FACE members (Kids For A Clean Environment) have planted over a million trees, many of them as part of backyard wildlife habitats. FACE members created the largest environmental flag measuring 100’ by 200’ to symbolise the concerns of young people for their environment. This is a picture of Melissa representing the ‘Spirit of Youth’ as part of the Olympic torch relay Six year old Canadian Ryan Hreljac was shocked to hear that many people in the world have no clean water. He decided to do something about it. It took Ryan 4 months to raise $70 by doing household chores Ryan knew the importance of team working. He got his brothers Jordan and Keegan to help him write letters and create audio- visual aids for his speeches, while he was busy talking to other charities. To date the Ryan’s Well Foundation has created 201 wells in 10 countries, and brought clean water to about 352,323 people! Brave Alex Scott had suffered from cancer since she was one year old. When she was four she decided to help her doctors find a cure for her disease. She set up a stall selling lemonade on her front lawn. Alex inspired many people over the remaining four years of her short life. They followed her example, and in 2004 and 2005 over 4000 Alex’s Lemonade Stand events were held to raise money to fight childhood cancer ‘one cup at a time’ Although Alex is no longer with us, as of May 2006, her campaign had raised over $6 million. Alex’s Lemonade Stand continues to fund researchers who seek to improve the treatment of cancer, and prolong the lives of sick children. A special award has been named in Alex’s memory. Every year the Alex Scott Butterfly Award is presented to a child who has shown extraordinary conscience, care and character in helping others. Could YOU start a campaign like these young people have done? Once you have an idea, use the Thinking Hats Tool. Click here Glossary • Refugee – a person who has had to leave their country • Symbolise – stand for, represent • Campaign – a drive, or movement, to make something happen • Research – a study, investigation • Conscience – sense of right and wrong Activities to complete this lesson include: • group discussion • exploring attitudes in the media to refugees • creating an organisation and planning how to address a social or environmental Click on the image above to view and/or download learning activities. problem Rate this lesson here. If you enjoyed this lesson, why not try: CHARITABLE GIVING through Charitable Giving Through History HISTORY Why charities exist and how they started. The Victorian workhouse. Which are the most popular causes? The Widow's Mite An adaptation of the Bible story illustrating how we should give in proportion to our means. Useful Web Links • http://www.ryanswell.ca/ - build, educate, motivate – Ryan’s Well • http://www.justgive.org/be-inspired/inspiring-kids/pennies-police-dogs.jsp - Stacey Hillman’s pennies protect police dogs • http://www.kidsface.org/pages/aclubofsix.html - Melissa Poe and the story of FACE – the World’s largest youth environmental organisation • http://www.alexslemonade.org/lemonade_stand.php - Alex Scott raising money for cancer research with the lemonade stand • http://www.idealist.org/kt/index.html -and now it’s your turn! A site dedicated to children taking action sharing tips and showcasing children who have set up their own charitable organisations • http://www.kidscanmakeadifference.org/ - inspiring children to end hunger, poverty and injustice around the World • https://www.justgive.org/be-inspired/inspiring-kids/index.jsp - more children making a difference More Useful Web Links • http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4290000/newsid_4293200/4293 218.stm - Laura has done lots of wacky things for charity, read her story • http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4710000/newsid_4710300/4710 366.stm - Who starts a charity? – a guide to charities and the story behind some of the World’s largest charities • http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/youthact/projects.php?p231 – sick and tired of crime and the lack of safe play areas on their local estate a group of young people in North London set up a project to clean up their estate, read how they are making a difference. • http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/youthact/projects.php?p232 – bullying affects the lives of approx. 30,000 children per year in the U.K – this group of young people in London set up a project to reduce bullying and support victims of bullying in their school • http://www.g-nation.co.uk/news/news.cfm?contentid=367 – Will and his friends were devastated when the council closed their skate park, they took action to campaign and make a difference in their community.
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