Each year, Eton Action raises money for five charities, with the fifth of these selected by a panel of pupils and staff. This year’s Social Impact Challenge saw six groups present their charitable endeavours, in the hopes of their chosen charity making it into the coveted fifth spot. The Press Office found out more about the selection process and this year’s five proposed charities.
Max H and Joshan D ran a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness for The Trussell Trust in 2020, a charity that delivers food parcels to those in need. Max and Joshan not only ran a house fundraiser in that raised over £2,000 for the charity, but also collected 40 bags of food and other essentials, totalling 150kg.
Lyndon C, Alexander McC, Leo W, and Abraham Y shared their plan to run stalls at the annual Eton Action Fair (held in September) and organise a Pet Fun Run in support of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a charity that offers free and low cost veterinary care to poorly pets in need.
The JD team of Pierre B, Ralph P, Joe B and Oliver D shared clips of their Zoom interview with the CEO of The Calvert Trust. The team raised over £1,500 by setting up tables and speaking to the public. The money they raised enabled the charity to fund one mobile hoist for wheelchair users, which is central to their mission of ‘challenging disability through outdoor adventure’.
Merritt F pitched Dogs Trust for the second year in a row, detailing his 25 mile trek which raised over £2,500 for the charity. He also shared about his own experience of working with Dogs Trust through the adoption of his rescue dog, Morgan.
Keshav H and Neel B raised nearly £900 for Vita-Sanare, a charity started by a fellow pupil which aims to provide prosthetic limbs to the estimated 6 million people who require them living in India. They raised awareness of the charity and managed to raise funds from eight different countries.
Finally, Camran R shared news about his Movember fundraiser. He ended up raising over £600 through his own efforts, and was featured in a Social Action Newsletter before deciding to take part in the Challenge this year.
The judges were extremely impressed by the passion demonstrated by proposers. Each presentation was heartfelt and motivated solely by the desire to be a force for good within the world. It was a difficult decision choosing the winners, but ultimately the judges went with the presenters they felt had engaged with their charity the most and whose charity would be a good fit as part of Eton Action 2022-23.
Winner: The Trussell Trust
Runner-up: The Calvert Trust Kielder
Third place: Dogs Trust
The Trussell Trust will therefore be one of Eton Action’s five charities for the 2022-23 academic year!
Well done to all the pupils who entered and a big thank you to our judges, Harvey B-S, Titus MacD, Bursar Janet Walker, MPM and AJS.