Despite the many events and celebrations that take place across the district throughout the year, there is only ONE that is dedicated to the amazing achievements of the children that live here in Wakefield and throughout the five towns.
Recognising that there is a notable gap, WACCL, the organisation that has previously arranged an annual charitable Christmas lunch, has extended its events calendar to include a glitzy awards ceremony that will reward the many outstanding feats of the young people from across the region.
With nominations opening today until 7 April, organisations, families and individuals are being asked to complete a simple submission form to give the name, age and achievement of any child between 0 – 19 years, that they feel has done something worthy of an award.
The categories are split into nine key areas to make the process simpler and include:
Inspiring Individual – The Judges’ Choice
To recognise an individual who the judging panel consider to be the Pride of the Wakefield District, who’s achievements do not fit in to other categories, examples include inspiring campaigners and volunteers.
Taking Personal Risks
To recognise an individual who showed immense bravery in an emergency situation, by providing assistance or engaging with rescues services to help someone in need.
To recognise an individual who has excelled considerably in their chosen sport.
Child of Courage when Battling Illness
This award recognises a young person who is or has shown tremendous personal courage when battling a serious illness.
Young Achiever in Academia
Often from a difficult background, the judges are looking to award this individual who has achieved personal outstanding performance in Academia. Not every child starts from the same position, but this person will have demonstrated a strong determination to make a tremendous achievement.
This award will be presented to a young individual who has demonstrated tenacity and dedication to achieve success with a business or business idea.
To recognise a group or individual who has contributed significantly to their community and created a more inclusive and balanced community environment.
Young Achiever in the arts
A local young person who has been able to excel in art, or performing arts.
A young person who shares the responsibility of caring for a family member(s).
All submissions received will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges, with the final decisions being made on 21 April. Only the nine winners will be invited to the exclusive awards ceremony, which will take place on Friday 9 June at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield.
Tickets to the event are just £50 or £500 per table of ten and businesses from across the region are being urged to get involved and to contribute all that they can to make a child smile.
Chair of WACCL, Ian Taylor says:
“We have a thriving business community here in Wakefield and we know that there are many of us who come together to give something back and to make a positive difference. Despite having a great events schedule in place there is no one celebrating the amazing achievements of young people from across our district.
“We want to address that; to bring back the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding courage, commitment and strength of our young people. We want to reward them and give them an evening that they will never forget.
“We are taking bookings for tables of ten and have some fantastic opportunities for businesses to sponsor one of the nine categories. We hope that people take the time to come along. It is set to be an amazing – if not emotional – event.”
For further details please visit http://www.waccl.co.uk/children/ or email email@example.com