“30 days of my summer break were spent picking up litter in and around my local woods and donating over 20 cans of tinned food to a local food bank. I found that after complete if my challenge and putting together my presentation for it, I felt amazing! It made me more aware of the litter everywhere we go and seeing how much difference we made to our little town was incredible.”
“I created a donation point for my local food bank in a local gym. I did this because I had noticed that my local area does not have many collection points for donations to be left. Another reason for making this my independent challenge was that through the COVID-19 lockdowns, many food banks have struggled with the increase in families needing support. I thought my local gym was the perfect place, as the members love helping others and contributing to the community.”
“I decided to do litter picking because I love nature and think its such a shame it is polluted with rubbish. Not only does this do visual damage, it also can ruin habitats. After I had been litter picking, I felt so rewarded by my work and felt like I made a difference. This proves that even just one person can help their community in some way.”
On the 18th of September we had our graduation ceremony, where we were able to share what we had done and see the other outstanding differences that were made by our colleagues. We thanked the team for the experience and said our goodbyes but have stayed in contact with our new-found GSL family.
We really enjoyed the whole process, from joining zoom meetings and meeting other teens from across the world and organizing our 30-day independent challenges, to catching up with the other students from our school about their experiences. Everyone who took part at Heathfield Community College all agreed that it was an amazing opportunity that was totally eye opening, and we would all recommend it to anyone looking to take part in it, or other events GSL run in the future!