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Archbishop Holgate’s Fundraiser for Fikelela

Young Leader Award presentation

Thursday 27th February 2014

10 students and 2 staff from Archbishop Holgate Church of England Academy will take around 250 football shirts with them to South Africa next month as part of their ongoing link with the Diocese of Cape Town over the last decade.



To watch video of the group departing for South Africa:



The students will be fundraising for their trip by holding a Quiz Night this Friday 28 February at 7pm at Archbishop Holgate’s Academy, York, YO10 5ZA.

York City FC sponsors, Benenden Health announced a charity shirt swap in 2013 following a rebrand. The football shirts are to be donated to community projects in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. These include the charity Fikelela which works with those infected and affected by HIV/ Aids and The Warehouse which works with homeless and destitute people. The young people from Archbishop Holgate’s will also be doing community work with these groups and other ones whilst they are in Cape Town. It is hoped that some of the shirts will also be used to kit out a local township football team.

Archbishop Holgate’s Church of England Academy has visited the partnership Diocese of Cape Town since 2004 completing community work and building friendships between the twinned Dioceses of York and Cape Town.   

Richard Nihill, RE Teacher and Lay Chaplain at Archbishop Holgate’s, said: “The purpose of the quiz night is not to raise money for the students’ visit costs – they themselves have done this. Rather, we are raising money to facilitate the community work which we will be doing. This will include painting an orphanage, planting trees at a township primary school to offset the carbon footprint of our visit and also planting vegetable gardens in a crèche and pre-school, amongst other work. Our visit always has a threefold dimension to it. There is the educational element; visiting Robben Island and Table Mountain, as well as other places. There is the extensive community service element and finally there is element of engagement with local people through home stay with a local church and a school, attending youth events and working alongside the local people.”

To attain the Archbishop’s Young Leader Award, all students must complete a mix of both classroom and practical work which is focused on leadership skills and making a difference in local communities.  All the students who are going on the expedition completed the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award last academic year and this has inspired them to continue to “be the change they want to see”.

Dan Finn, Director of the Youth Trust said: “It’s amazing that these Young Leaders, through their fundraising and their hard work,  are determined to make a real difference. Our Awards are having a massive impact locally and also in other global communities.  It’s great that these students are being part of this positive change”.

Amy Goodman, Media Relations Executive at Benenden Health said: “When we rebranded last year, we offered the York City fans new shirts in place of their old ones.  We really wanted to ensure that the old shirts went to benefit good causes domestically and internationally.  I’ll be waving the students off at the station in a few weeks-time and wish them every success with their community work in South Africa”.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend the quiz night on Friday. The cost is only £1 per entrant, payable on the door. There will be refreshments on sale, including cakes and biscuits made by the young people. Any monetary donations towards the community work the young people will be engaged in can also be sent to Archbishop Holgate’s.

PHOTO CALL:  Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust and York City in the Community will wave off the students and teachers from Archbishop Holgate’s Academy on Friday 14th March at 1pm at City of York Train Station. 


Benenden Health

Founded in 1905 and based in York, Benenden health is one of the UK’s longest serving and most respected mutual healthcare societies.

Benenden Health offers affordable, discretionary healthcare services that complement rather than replace the care offered by the NHS. For £7.80 per person, per month*, members can request a range of healthcare services, with no exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions or upper age restrictions.

Benenden Health has a membership of close to 900,000 people across the UK and in 2012 provided over £57 million of healthcare services to its members.


* From 1st April 2014 the price will increase to £8.19 per person, per month


The Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award

The aim of the Young Leaders Award is to equip young people with key leadership skills which will enable them to get involved in their communities and be the change they want to see. The Awards are available at Key stages 2, 3, 4 and Post 16.   



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