Trulittle Entrepreneur Hero (7-11)
Nia had the opportunity to live in Nigeria for 4 years. She was sad to leave and wanted to share Nigeria's culture in England. She chose to do this through handbags (given her love for fashion) made out of Nigerian fabric ‘Ankara’. As a result, the brand NiaRenee was born. Her bags are now being sold at NiaRenee Boutique on Etsy
Seven was always a well-behaved and polite boy with a caring personality right from the start. Unfortunately his mum and dad split up when he was just 4, after the birth of his little sister, which hurt him inside and he struggled to come to terms with over the years that followed. Never the less he continued on through school and home life, developing this love of numbers. He was soon top of the class and stayed there throughout primary school.
Seven also did some TV work featuring in adverts for BUPA healthcare and Milky Bar to earn himself some pocket money. His mother encouraged him to save for the future and he put the money in his bank account and never spent a penny. He enjoyed watching the numbers rise and understood that spending money on toys felt like throwing it away. This was going to be his university fund. When he was 6, his mother who was suffering with depression and self-harming, found herself in an abusive relationship. Even at his tender age, Seven comforted his mother when he found her crying and told her everything would be okay. During that relationship, the family were forced into moving from place to place, including a temporary place where he and his sister had to sleep on a broken bed and there were mice everywhere at night. His mother’s abusive partner would not let any friends come to the house for play dates. Despite moving schools and area, still he continued to work hard at school. Every morning he would walk past Dulwich College School for boys with its vast sporting grounds and grand exterior and dreamt of attending. Unfortunately it was a very expensive private school and so he knew his only chance would be with a lot of hard work and a scholarship.
The day after his little brother was born, Seven’s mother escaped the abusive relationship and began a lengthy court case where her ex partner was found guilty and sentenced. She formed Arts Against Abuse, a community interest company campaigning tirelessly for victims of domestic abuse and Seven would frequently join her as a volunteer helping fundraise at public events. After moving home a couple more times, Seven settled into a new school and home and his academic passions continued to excel. He started lessons on the trumpet and began cookery clubs as well as competing in cross-country events. Growing up in a single parent household with three children, Seven often had to cook dinner for the family and babysit so that his mother could take his sister to her theatre club across London. Every week when they returned home at 8pm, a vegetarian or vegan dinner would be waiting without fail. As secondary school drew closer Seven wanted to sit the exams for Dulwich College but he knew his mother couldn’t afford any tutoring. The family pulled together to buy him a handful of sessions and Seven would sit at home doing additional practice papers most days. His dedication and determination were clear and paid off as he passed the entrance exams, interview and was awarded a 100% bursary! The dream was coming true!
Meanwhile the family faced homelessness and Sevens life savings had to all go on paying the rent. It was heart breaking for his mother but he was gracious and kind and offered it without hesitation. But his success didn’t stop there. Inspired by his love of good food, his mother’s charitable work in the community and his desire to earn back his money and more, Seven launched a supper club called Supper Club at 7. Once a month he would sell tickets to people who wanted to dine on a three-course meal in a private home run exclusively by children, allowing his younger siblings to earn themselves some pocket money too. Having been taught the importance of not forgetting those struggling in life, Seven decided to offer a free place at every event for one person who could otherwise not afford to eat out. As head chef he designed and cooked each vegetarian and vegan menu, whilst his sister was front of house and little brother waiter in training. His mum did the washing up though! It was a huge success and guests had a really good time meeting new people and sharing in this unique business venture. Seven was invited to talk about his business at Peckham festival in September 2019 and is now negotiating hosting a bigger public event in October where he could double his ticket sales and offer more free food and socialising to those in need. Here are the links to a couple of videos:
And his website for his supper club: https://supperclubat7.site123.me
Austėja has developed her speaking this year and has spoken at several events Yes You Can, Des O'Connors Women In Business and most recently TEDx Farnham. She is developing her speaking with an aim to turn it into a business.
Melinda Shabani manages to create the only Non- Toxic Slime which makes her one of the 1 of 6 most inspirational child in the UK via Prince Harry Award, she started only from her birthday money gifts only 300GBP her aim was to save money and go to her dream adventure Universal Orlando, being shortlisted Motivated her to be a winner, she became super motivated to develop further and improve her non-toxic slime recipe and determined to make it a real international business, locally then world-wide. With her older sister, Melissa 12, they plan to improve their product and called it Meli Sisters Non-Toxic Slime
What’s Make Meli Sister Non-Toxic Slime especial:
Meli Sister Non- Toxic Slime is an educational toy for young children and it is stress reliever for children and adults too.
Melinda found the best base ingredient to create Non-Toxic Slime avoiding using any kind of Toxic Glue. The glue she uses is genuinely non-toxic and is normally used in responsible nurseries and elementary schools. They also use washable nursery paint. After many trials and experiments,
Melinda created her slime which is 100% Toxic free, safe for children and adults and the environment (it is the only Non-Toxic Long-lasting slime in the world which will never be redundant unless it gets dirty.
Meli Sister slime is an outstanding sensory activity, as it is one of the rare games which allow the child to use four out of the five senses (sight, touch, smell and hearing).It stimulates children's creative skills and allows them to safely explore different senses every day in peaceful and relaxing ways. This is a great way to help improve children's development and improve they are fine motor skills.
Non-Toxic Slime can stake the child attention away from the IT devices like the smartphone and I pad and so other harmful games. Meli Sisters Slime allows children to create and play without causing mess and without any negative impact on their health in the short term or long term. Non -Toxic slime is free from any chemical which could affect children. Meli Sister Non-Toxic slime can be either soft or hard stretchy or not stretchy depending on how you like it. It is safe for fewer than 5s, fun and stress relieves for Adults.
Since Melinda new that she is shortlisted as 1 of the 6 most inspirational children in the UK via Prince Harry Well Child award, she becomes even more motivated to make a positive contribution to other children. As a result, Melinda and her sister started to teach children in a local playground on how to enjoy making non -toxic slime and stay safe with minimum mess. She taught thousands of children in the local park and has also gifted slime to children who could not afford to buy it. By creating Meli Sisters Slime Melinda hope to find a sponsor.
Despite the business dream started from only £300 from her birthday money after being shortlisted with well-child, she worked harder and saved £5980 which enough for Universal resort but losing uncle and aunt, who had ADPKD and her dad’s kidneys’ started to bleed. She wrote this message to dad “My dad’s health is more important than not only Orlando trip, but also my life, My Happiness is to stay happy family as we are, if you love us please go for your treatment trip, I love you so much, take care of yourself we need you with us, and I promise you we will go to Orlando together in my birthday if not this year the next years, I am seeing Meli Sister business success closer to us:
Melinda’s Dream to find a sponsor for her Meli Sisters Slime for the following reasons:
1- Meli Sisters Slime is The ONLY slime in the world 100%Non -toxic
2-Prince Harry awarded the creation of the product and this will hopefully ease the marketing
3- The recent bad publicity for the toxicity of other slimes in the world will be our big hit: It will easily attract our buyers as many parents find other more toxic slimes unacceptable.
4- Meli Sister Toxic-free Slime is an outstanding rear sensory game which allows the child to use four out of the five senses ( sight, touch, smell and hearing) so it will find easily buyer not only parents but nurseries and schools too, not only in the UK but worldwide.
5- A game for all ages including the adult.
Please find the following Link about the Non -toxic Meli Sister Slime
The history of Meli sisters Slime: https://youtu.be/UbMhodqMlNU
• Melinda slime workshops https://youtu.be/oCqeYUSkDcM
• Melinda’s slime party’s link https://youtu.be/-YKMmfnZx5k
Melinda has written about her nontoxic slime, via fiction story The Adventures of Molly Smith. Which it is on Amazon now. For More information about Melinda see her Spotlight and blog https://www.spotlight.com/7053-8974-3144
The Health challenges never stopped Melinda from making a successful business
Melinda is hardworking a determined, intelligent and highly able child Melinda and her sister inherited two untreatable and degenerative genetic disorders, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney (ADKPD).
These disorders impair overall body function and particularly kidney function. Over time, the same as the EDS, the rest of the organs are impaired. This is mostly recognized in adulthood; however, they have been affected by it since they were just a few months’ old babies.
Melinda have days when she suffers from 24hours of pain as a result of her kidney and EDS complications and delays in healing could be life-threatening.
Trulittle Entrepreneur Hero (12-17)
Rebecca is the organiser of Girsparkles consisting of 4 passionate sisters. Girlsparkles raised funds of over £500 to publish their books. Rebecca has written two books, "I can't do it yet but school is epic- transitioning from Primary to Secondary" and "The Star in the East" and her third book is in progress.
Despite facing challenges as a family by being burgled twice and their musical instruments, laptops with digital copies of their book and a lot of saved up piggybank money for Girlsparkles project were carted away, she and her sisters forged ahead. They did not stop producing videos or writing their books or studying for the different examinations they had to write. They kept the vision going by raising funds through customised products, organising events, creating a website etc. Rebecca has been invited to speak at Rugby FM radio, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio and Premier Christian radio. Her passion is to encourage other youths to become useful and relevant in their generation through seminars, talk shows, interviews, youth events and many more. Rebecca has received various commendations and certificates from teachers for being helpful and volunteering in school assembly to encourage her peers. She has been invited to community events to inspire teenagers and talk to adult about the dangers and benefits of gadgets.
She has been raising funds by creating video animations for brands and businesses to enable Girlsparkles get necessary devices for their studio project. She and her sisters enjoy making videos on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook (parent controlled) and this has improved their communication, creative and social skills. These skills are currently opening further opportunities into organising a community event for youths in collaboration with an event planner in London.
Girlsparkles believe that every child should be given the opportunity to excel, fulfil their potential without fear or limitation due to race, age, gender or belief. They deserve recognition of their excellent team work, perseverance in the face of adversity and outstanding hard work as sisters. Rebecca is the eldest and I believe she deserves an award for her creativity and entrepreneurial skills.
Advertising video produced for Hephzibah business
YouTube (many videos) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGu78bz5Vmi1GMFYtX8CjJw
- I Can’t Do It Yet but School is Epic!!! http://amzn.eu/d/20ypaD9
- Star in the East http://amzn.eu/d/2plmzPG
- Newspaper https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/inspirational-rugby-sisters-launch-own-books-1-8752285/amp