Last night saw the finale of the inaugural Call to Action Impact Awards 2022. Five Senior School finalists bravely faced the panel of Dragons and campaigned as to why their project should receive funding. We were in awe of the passion displayed by each team and were impressed by how well each team presented in front of the panel and a live audience.
Huge congratulations to Aahana Sengupta Year 10, who won the top prize and received S$3,000 in funding with her idea for affordable meal/spice kits for migrant workers. The judges were impressed by Aahana's well-thought-out idea and eloquent presentation.
Well done to Joséphine Viggers, who placed second and was awarded $2,000 for her Dive Against Debris project. Third place was awarded to Ishana Surtani and Kashish Dhawan, who received S$1,000 for their Dulwich Digital Literacy Programme aimed at migrant workers. They were all very worthy recipients of funding to kick-start their projects.
I could not be more proud of our students. Their willingness to engage with the world around them, their belief that they can make a meaningful difference and the time they put in to developing solutions based on genuine community needs showed us all what it is to be an informed agent of change. These students answered our ‘Call to Action' and totally bowled us over with their levels of compassion, ambition and creativity.
A big thank you to all involved with the awards, including our inspiring guest speakers from Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, and our brilliant Dragons Karen Yung, Ivana Dobnikar, Lorena Paglia and Ranjit Murugason – whose generous contribution to the College with his Dulwich College Murugason Sustainability Fund, will finance all these projects and more.
The students embodied what the College stood for – being the change. They looked at their communities and the people around them, found areas that could be improved and sought to find solutions. I was heartened to see the community of students, staff and parents band together to show their support during the event. Special thanks to the panelists of ‘dragons’ who took the time to give constructive feedback on each of the students’ initiatives. It takes a village to create change.
It was a proud moment for the College to see all the students champion social and environmental causes with passion and dedication. We look forward to sharing with you how these projects develop and how each student works towards achieving their goals.