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  MP encourages schools to
be part of a Giving Nation


SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon is calling on secondary schools in his constituency to take part in G-Week from 2 to 8 July, organised by Giving Nation. G-Week is a UK-wide project encouraging young people to get involved in giving, whether through supporting charities, campaigns or volunteering.

This will give pupils an opportunity to celebrate the charity and community activities they have been doing throughout the year. It will also offer them the chance to gain recognition for their achievements in the online regional Giving Nation Awards.

This is the third year of independent youth initiative Giving Nation's campaign to involve 11 to 16-year-olds in charity and the community.

Mr Bacon said: “The huge effort that many secondary school pupils put into supporting various charities should be recognised. Taking part in Giving Nation's G-Week will give the pupils an opportunity to show what they can do”.

Giving Nation has set two challenges for pupils during G-Week 2005. The first one is to take up the 'We Are What We Do' challenge which shows how individual actions can change the world when adopted en masse.

The second challenge is to create a piece of artwork on the theme of global warming to bring attention to the threat of rising sea-levels to the islands devastated by the tsunami. Giving Nation will then send a petition in art to the G8 leaders when they meet in Scotland during the same week as G-Week.

The 2005 Giving Nation Awards have been launched in a new online format, enabling pupils to create their own school charity pages that

The G8 2005 summit logo
The G8 leaders will receive a petition in art from Giving Nation
will be hosted on the Giving Nation website. The best entry in each of nine regions will receive a 1,000 award and there is a top award of a 'Wilderness Challenge'.

Mr Bacon said: “I am writing to all the secondary schools in South Norfolk urging them to get involved in G-Week. The pupils will get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from taking part and good causes will benefit”.

Schools can order their free Giving Nation pack and find out how to get involved by visiting www.g-nation.co.uk or by calling 020 7367 0504. For more information on the 'We Are What We Do' challenge, log onto www.wearewhatwedo.org.

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