Tuesday 13 December saw team iRoundUp reunite at Skinners’ Academy for the opportunity to promote the launch of their scheme with the help of a reporter and film crew from BBC London News.
The team which includes current Year 12 student Agnieszka Rudnik and former pupils Mark Daniel, Matthew Daniel, Daisie Spiteri and Elif Sucu, formed in Year 10, were the national winners of the 2015 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition. Their idea was a simple one – where pupils can volunteer to donate spare change to a nominated charity from the electronic currency stored on their ParentPay accounts. By working with ParentPay, the pupils’ idea has become a reality.
Towards the end of November 2016, iRoundUp launched in all 6000 schools who use ParentPay’s service. Within the first three weeks of the launch the scheme raised over £10,000 for charity with the first chosen charity being the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity.
BBC London were very impressed by team iRoundUp’s idea and agreed to cover the story for a feature to be aired between Christmas and the New Year. Filming began on Monday 12 December at Richard House Children’s Hospice who rely heavily on donations to the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity. One family at the hospice who have benefited greatly from the iRoundUp donations agreed to share their story and explain how the donations have changed their life (read team iRoundUp’s thoughts on the family’s story below). Filming at the Academy took place the next day and saw team iRoundUp being interviewed alongside their Mosaic mentor Brooke Greville, Nizam Uddin from Mosaic and the CEO of ParentPay, Clint Wilson.
The Academy are extremely proud of the team and how their simple idea has changed the way we all raise funds for charity; creating such a positive impact on vulnerable families. Well done team iRoundUp!!
Ms Dalia, Communications & Student Support Officer/
Business & Community Links Administrator
“We were all moved by the heart-warming story of Andreia and her two-year-old son Henrique who was diagnosed with a condition that means he was unable to speak. The iRoundUp donations have helped to fund Music Therapy for Henrique and a few days ago he was able to speak his first words.
Knowing that our scheme has helped a little boy to be able to speak was very overwhelming, and a few of us got very emotional. It’s amazing to see how small donations can make such a big difference in someone else’s life.”
Team iRoundUp: Mark Daniel, Matthew Daniel, Agnieszka Rudnik, Daisie Spiteri, Elif Sucu