A RECORD number of entries have been submitted to this year’s One World Charity Challenge.
The challenge invites year 12 students (ages 16-17) from across the island to speak out for people living in the developing world, by creating a presentation examining the work of a Manx-registered charity.
More than 140 students in 28 teams have signed up to take part in the project, with each team representing a charity working overseas and receiving funding from the Overseas Aid Committee.
One World Charity Challenge is sponsored by the H&S Davidson Trust and coordinated by the One World Centre.
A One World Centre spokesman explained: ‘The challenge sets out to give year 12 students a greater understanding of the developing world through researching the work of a charity working overseas.
‘Students working in teams are challenged to choose a charity working overseas, which is either Manx registered or supported by the Overseas Aid Committee, students then research the work of the charity and interview representatives from the charity.
‘They must put together a 12 minute multi-media presentation which examines the effectiveness of their charity, shows cultural understanding and looks at the impact the charity has had on the life of a young person.’
One team from each school will be selected to take part in the final at the Manx Museum, Douglas on March 11, 2013.
The H&S Davidson Trust offers a grant of £500 for every team completing the challenge.
The funds go into an overall grant pool which is shared between the five charities reaching the final.
In previous years the Overseas Aid Committee has provided match funding meaning that all charities represented by the teams have received an award of between £200 and £700.
Since 2008, more than £60,000 has been donated to charities working overseas as a direct result of this project.