East Ham Air Cadet Mark Kawesa, who studies at St Angela's and St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form in Forest Gate, won an Achievement Award for his dedication to fund raising and the unique and inspirational methods he devised for raising money.
16 year old Mark, who was Head Boy at St Bonaventure's School last year, has organised a range of fundraising events including ice cream and doughnut sales, non-uniform days and home baking events. Mark became an expert at utilising his entrepreneurial skills to ensure the funds kept swelling.
The ultimate goal for this frantic marketing campaign was to raise enough money to send Mark and a group of East Ham Air Cadets from 282 Squadron on an expedition this autumn to help build a school for underprivileged children in Western India.
Mark decided to contribute the £200 he received from the Jack Petchey Award towards the cost of the trip.
St Bons Headteacher, Paul Halliwell said, "Mark was constantly looking for novel ways to raise money and I felt he really deserved to be honoured for his efforts. When I asked students who they felt deserved the award, Mark's name kept coming up time and time again."
He added, "Many of our Sixth Form students will be going to India with the squadron later this month to help build the school – it's a cause close to our hearts. When Mark said he wanted to donate his prize money to the India trek fund, I wasn't surprised. Mark is a very generous and humble young man who always thinks of others before himself."
The group will leave for India at the beginning of November, although they have a couple of tough weeks ahead of them to raise the rest of the money required for the venture!
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