A TRULITTLE SAMARITAN HERO is a young person who has supported any voluntary or community cause, or has participated in fund raising for a charity.
7-11 Age Group
Dara has always had a passion for the less privileged in the society which birthed caregirl in 2015 when she was 6 years old. She started by giving out 'blessing bags' filled with essential items for daily care to homeless people around the streets of London. And since then has been privileged to support organizations like homeless hubs and the foodbank. Dara is also very passionate about education and the value of having a good education. She has been fortunate to have an amazing education but understands that some children her age unfortunately do not have such opportunities. One of her visions for the future is to be able to build schools in underprivileged communities to offer a good education. However, in the meantime, she wants to do the little she can to help inside other children. She has recently partnered with a school in Lagos, Nigeria where she recently donated school stationaries. And she hopes to continue to raise funds to donate items like school uniforms, books, educational toys and lots more. Dara funds her projects by selling her home made products - Dara's Beautiqué lipbalm and candles. She has also been privileged to get donations from friends and family members. She was recently interviewed by TimeFM following her Christmas appeal where she raised over £1000 to help fund her outreach to a homeless hub to celebrate her 9th birthday. (The link to the interview is Dara, the CareGirl's Interview at Time107.5 UK Radio show). Her website www.caregirl.org She deserves this award as though she is quite a shy little girl, she has a heart of gold and is always looking for ways to make others a lot happier. In her own little way, she wants to impact her world and encourages others to do the same.
12-17 Age Group
Kwame was born an extremely premature twin at 23 weeks. His brother passed away when he was three weeks old and Kwame stayed in hospital for the first six and a half months of life. He had heart surgery, renal failure that reversed and numerous infections where he was expected to die also. He was ventilated and on Oxygen for the first year and a half and was under hospitals for the first 6 or so years. More recently he now has a few diagnosis of Special Educational needs but doesn't limit him. He is a lover of First Aid and wants to be a Paramedic something he has said since the age of two or three. He has Campaigned for early babies, visits his hospital of birth, done Press work raising awareness of Prematurity for BLISS the Premature baby Charity as a Case Study and taken part in much research with UCLH especially. He also won Cadet of the Year in his unit, got a Medal for 36 hrs of Service and got his Bronze Grand Prior Award that was presented to him by the Mayor of Islington. He is a kind and Compassionate child who genuinely wants to help others and talks of setting up a Charity alongside his job. He is currently a St John's Ambulance Cadet and has now began to cover Events as he ages. He is also keen to go to Training most of the time they happen and reads his first Aid manual avidly. He was also a St John's Ambulance Badger for two years achieving his Gold badge. He hopes to go onto the Duke of Edinburgh Award as soon as he is old enough. He is also a published Author in Anthologies, Blogger with his own Website and Artist especially keen Photographer and Film- maker taking part in Whitty-Gordon Projects. His coach said “Kwame has made a very positive impact on our academy in the relative short time he’s been here. He’s been a leader and influences others to work hard to achieve their goals. He’s charitable nature has come to the forefront. He was excellent in participating in our Leaders Serve Program giving food and clothing to the homeless.” He wants to make the world a better place and help Community. Further links below: www.kwamemyers.com (blog/website) www.epicure.ac.uk/our-young-people/Kwame