Peter E, Roosevelt Q, Daniel E, Joel C and I were selected to take part in the Year 9 Overseas Disaster Relief Challenge on Friday 18th November 2016. We came to school in our uniform then briskly set off on the minibus to the Salvation Army Centre in Sutton.
When we arrived we saw that many schools were already there; Sutton Grammar, Wallington Boys and Wallington Girls etc. Our group sat down just before the hosts of the event made their presentation about the competition. We were told by the host that we would have to make a short, three- minute presentation about a made-up charity that helps with Natural hazards around the world and then it would be judged and the winners would be announced. Then, we were told to select a job role each, General Manager, Press Manager, Finance manager, Design Manager and Publicity Manager.
One of the judges was a man from a charity called Shelterbox. Miss Drozd explains what shelterbox does to help people during natural disasters. “Currently, around 60 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disasters and conflict. Shelterbox are providing emergency shelters and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster.
The aid supplies come in the form of Shelterboxes and Shelterkits. Their study green boxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The boxes contain all of the essential tools people need to start to repair and rebuild homes straight away. A home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs therefore each kit contains items that help transform that shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.”
After everyone had established who they were going to be, we were set tasks that would eventually become the basis for our presentation. As Finance Manager, I was calculating the costs for our hypothetical charity. Soon after the lunch break we were called up to do our three- minute presentation in front of the judges, teachers and various other schools.
Unfortunately, we didn’t win the competition with our presentation and left, shortly after. All in all, the challenge was very enjoyable and a good use of our geographical and business skills.
By Daniel Chung