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Eton Action, whose activities consist primarily in fundraising for and supporting charities other than the College itself, was founded by boys at Eton and is still run by our boys today.

Fundraising

The Eton Action Community Fair, which takes place in September, is the largest fundraising event of the year.  Boys manage the day as stallholders, musicians, entertainers, gatekeepers, and car park attendants, among many other roles. They are joined by more than 50 local charities as well as a range of artisan producers. Over 80 stalls provide visitors with a range of games and activities as well as food, drink, bric-a-brac and distinctive handicraft. Additional attractions include live music and an upmarket jumble sale in School Hall. Individual boys’ Houses also run a variety of activities, which have included cream teas, tours of the College, musical entertainments and even a bouncy castle. The income from all these events is pooled and divided between charitable foundations and projects chosen by our pupils and staff.

Other fundraising events, such as a mufti day, sponsored runs and swim-a-thons, continue throughout the school year.

For the academic year 2020/21, Eton Action will be supporting: Glassdoor Homeless Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, ACE Africa, The Felix Project, and Schoolreaders.

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local charities attend the annual Eton Action Community Fair.

Charities seeking Eton Action’s financial support for next year must apply in writing (email is not an acceptable substitute) to the Treasurer, including details of their annual accounts. Charities are chosen in February, and confirmation will be sent only to successful applicants.

The contact address is: The Treasurer, Eton Action, Eton College, Windsor, Berks, SL4 6DW.

Volunteering & Community Engagement

The Eton Action boy-led committee serves as a forum for boy perspectives on volunteering placements through the Community Engagement programme. Our boys seek out new volunteering opportunities, such as in the holidays or for younger blocks, and support boys starting their new volunteering placement. Our boys also work to promote volunteering in the College, whilst helping to organise events for the local community such as the Founder’s Day Christmas Tea Party.

At the geriatric ward, we talk with some elderly patients who rarely get visitors because they have no family, or a family that lives far away. I have found that many of these patients are hidden treasure troves of wisdom.

Eton pupil volunteer

Social Impact Society

Boys serving as Secretaries of the Social Impact Society invite speakers who can educate students on global sustainability and social action, and lead discussion groups on social impact and social issues. These are usually held on Monday evenings and are open to all of the Eton community. In 2019, 13 events took place where students heard from leaders of national and international charities, social entrepreneurs, and their fellow students on the topic of climate change.

Prizes

The Prizes Committee assists with the planning, promotion, and running of three prizes to encourage all boys to engage in social action and community engagement. For the Social Impact Challenge, boys are invited to propose a charity for Eton Action to support and must engage with the organisation by volunteering, fundraising, and/or raising awareness of whichever issue the charity’s work focuses on.

The Khemka Prize rewards innovation, creativity, and social entrepreneurship by inviting boys to propose a solution to a social problem, local or global. The goal of this prize is to encourage boys to think like social entrepreneurs and develop a plan or business proposal for their potential solution.

The Birchall Prize, founded over 100 years ago by Major Sir John Dearman Birchall TD in honour of his son who died while a boy at Eton, is an essay prize where boys in each block submit a piece of reflective writing about a social action project they have undertaken within the last 12 months.