Charity work at RWS
Me To We Group
The Me to We Group (formerly Free the Children) was established at RWS in 2012.
The Me to We charity aims to encourage children to take an active role in being world citizens, educating and empowering themselves and others from all walks of life. Anyone from Class 7 upwards is able to join the group. Class 6 are also invited during the last term of the year.
Weekly group meetings take place on Friday break times in the music room and each year the group chooses one local and one global charity to support. Sponsored walks, bike rides, walks for water (carrying buckets of water!) bake sales, lucky dips, discos, children’s games and pop up cafes are just some of the activities that the group have organised.
Fundraising & Awareness-Raising Activities
- Campaigning for clean water in developing countries
- Supporting an orphanage in India
- Supporting a local charity for the homeless called Emmaus
- Supporting the John Mc Neil Opportunity Centre for children with additional needs
- Regularly collecting and delivering to the local Ringwood Food Bank
- Helping with local beach clean-ups
These have kept the group busy in the last few years. One year a pupil even went to India to help build a school a with the Me to We Charity! He says this was a life-changing experience.
In September 2017 the RWS Me to WE group cycled from school to Poole (17.7 miles) and held bake sales and pop up cafes to raise money for Emmaus. In November they visited the charity’s centre in Winchester to meet the team there, look at the work they do and to deliver their cheque of well over £500.
We Day & We Act Programme
There is an annual Me to We event in Wembley each year which the group attend, with motivational and inspirational speakers, workshops and live music. We Day speakers have included;
- Malala Yousafzai
- Al Gore
- Kate Winslet
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Prince Harry
- the Dalai Lama
and singers such as Dizzie Rascal and Ellie Goulding have performed.
You cannot buy a ticket to We Day. You earn it through service. Tickets are awarded to schools taking action in their local and global communities. We Day is more than a one-day school trip; it is part of We Act, a free year-long school programme that embeds active citizenship in the school.
“Young people need days like this to understand that they do have the capability
and the opportunities to go out there and affect change”
Kweku Mandela - Nelson Mandela’s grandson - who spoke at WE day 2015
Sandi Weir, Me to We Leader, 2012-2018