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Record Breakers

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DETERMINED: The team of fundraisers have raised more than £2,000 over the past year through the Rafiki Chain Campaign, pictured (l-r, top row): Sonia, Aliyah, Irfan, Abbas, (l-r bottom row) Naeem, Fahim, Mohammed

DETERMINED: The team of fundraisers have raised more than £2,000 over the past year through the Rafiki Chain Campaign, pictured (l-r, top row): Sonia, Aliyah, Irfan, Abbas, (l-r bottom row) Naeem, Fahim, Mohammed

Fundraising target smashed as teens help those most in need

Whilst many people have been out buying gifts over the festive season, a team of nine fundraisers from a Bradford college have been at the other side of the counter, selling gifts in an attempt to raise money for charity.

SUPPORT: Money raised through the sale of the chains goes towards helping Free the Children’s ground work in Kenya

SUPPORT: Money raised through the sale of the chains goes towards helping Free the Children’s ground work in Kenya

The students, from Grange Technology College, have raised £1,000 throughout the past month, as they brought Free the Children’s ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’, to the youth of the city.

Under the guidance of passionate fundraiser, Mohammed Usman – who was recently awarded a Diana Award for his work on the campaign – the group sold hundreds of wristbands and surpassed their own targets.

Mohammed spoke of the incredible year he has had helping the campaign and praised all the team’s efforts in their latest Rafiki initiative.

“Once again we have been able to raise over £1,000 within a short period,” he said. “We have managed to break the school fundraising record for the year and have brought in more than £2,000 by supporting Free the Children's ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’.

“It has been an incredible year for me personally but I would like to say a huge thank you to my whole team who have been amazing.”

The chains are made by Maasai in Kenya, and profits from their sales help fund Free the Children’s work, providing clean water, food, healthcare and education in the country.

Fahim Zaman, who was a team member in the project, said he was delighted to have helped raise so much money and had also learned a number of life skills.

He said his desire to get involved with the project began after seeing Mohammed speak at ‘We Day’ at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 12,000 people and he has never looked back since.

“Seeing a fellow Grange student stand up and speak on stage to over 12,000 people made me rethink the possibilities open to me,” he said.

SELLING: Mohammed Usman and Fahim Zaman speak about the project at Grange Technology College

SELLING: Mohammed Usman and Fahim Zaman speak about the project at Grange Technology College

“I felt this is the time to make a difference, and only us as young people have the power to make change.

“After We Day, I spoke to Usman and asked him if we could sell the ‘Rafiki chains’ for our campaign.

“From there we began planning and contacting free the children more often to kickstart our campaigns.”

He added: “Over the year we held two of these ‘Rafiki’ campaigns and thanks to the generosity of our fellow students, teachers and friends at Grange Technology College, we have raised over £2,000 to help those less fortunate than us.”

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Science Success

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Students from Grange Technology College gave up their own time in their summer holidays to actively learn about science in real-life environments (l-r) Mohammed Tayyab Khan, Hafsah Khan, Sibtul Shah, Abdul Baasit Tahir

Students from Grange Technology College gave up their own time in their summer holidays to actively learn about science in real-life environments (l-r) Mohammed Tayyab Khan, Hafsah Khan, Sibtul Shah, Abdul Baasit Tahir.

Students win Gold Crest Award

Four students at a sixth form college in Bradford were celebrating a memorable summer of science earlier this month after being awarded the prestigious British Science Association’s Gold Crest Award.

Over the summer, courtesy of the Nuffield Foundation, students from Grange Technology College spent four weeks on work placement, working with senior scientists, engineers and researchers in top Universities across the region.

The students gave up holidays, or changed their holiday plans, in favour of work placements supporting research projects investigating areas including the effect of aircraft design on passenger comfort, the effect of hair dye on hair and innovations in forensic science through the use of ear prints to link criminals to burglary.

The students involved were Hafsah Khan, Mohammed Tayyab Khan, Sibtal Shah and Abdul Baasit Tahir who all displayed their reports at an event at the University of Bradford, where they were also questioned by attendees.

Grange student and Head Boy Sibtul Shah, who was placed at the University of Huddersfield, said the placement had proven to be: “A great opportunity to gain experience in a professional environment and to learn about an area of science which I knew very little about.”

He continued: “Hard work and dedication are two fundamentals that lead to success but without experience you are limited.

“Working in the Surface Metallurgy department at the University of Huddersfield was really interesting and enabled me to use and learn about new scientific equipment and methods.

“Most importantly, the experience has helped me develop skills which will prepare me for university such as research and report writing techniques.”

Anne Dubickas, Head of Science at Grange Technology college added her praises for all the students involved.

“They have put in a great deal of work and completed their placements in such exemplary fashion,” Ms Dubickas said. “They all enjoyed the challenge and worked hard throughout to complete their Gold Crest awards.

“Hopefully they have learned more about the subjects and about what they would like to do in the future.  They are all a credit to themselves and the school and we are delighted that to be able to offer another four placements in 2015.”

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