In May 2012, five charities were chosen as winners of a Surrey-based initiative – MTG Youth for Charity – which aims to raise awareness amongst school children and the wider community including businesses of the good work that charities do.
Sponsored by the Surrey offices of Mackrell Turner Garrett Solicitors who have managed the whole initiative, MTG Youth for Charity challenged year 10 and 11 pupils from schools across Surrey to nominate their favourite charities to receive donations totalling £20,000.00.
The five winning charities, as nominated by Surrey schools, chosen to receive a cash donation were:
- SOS Children for their work with children in impoverished and war torn parts of the world, nominated by students from TASIS The American School in England in Egham, received £6,000.00 www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk
- EIKON, for their work with vulnerable young people in Surrey, nominated by students from Fullbrook School in New Haw, received £5,000.00 www.eikon.org.uk
- ECPAT UK, for their work to end child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. nominated by students from St George’s College in Weybridge, received £3,000.00 www.ecpat.org.uk
- Lifetrain Trust, for their work helping young people and disabled people achieve their potential through non formal education, nominated by students from Royal Grammar School in Guildford, received £3,000.00 www.lifetrain.org.uk
- RASASC, for their work with survivors of and those affected by rape and sexual abuse, nominated by students from Tormead School in Guildford, received £3,000.00 www.rasasc-guildford.org
Derek Austin from Mackrell Turner Garrett commented: “These awards illustrate perfectly the driving force behind the MTG Youth for Charity initiative - a local property company and local solicitor joining forces to seek the help of local schools to benefit a charity delivering support directly back into the community”
“MTG Youth for Charity has not only enabled us to support some of these charities financially, it’s also challenged students and the wider community to consider what they themselves can do to make a real difference to the world around them."
“We believe if charity begins in school, it can permeate personal and business relationships, promote corporate social responsibility as these pupils filter into the workplace and in the process provide benefits for the local community and beyond. We can use the eyes and ears of the next generation to help take steps now to improve the situation of others less fortunate than ourselves.”