YOUNG PEOPLE are being encouraged to get involved with the G8 Summit in July
News, 24 March) through an internet competition supported by Christian
charities. It is offering as prizes livestock and trees for the developing
world. The Make Poverty History campaign and others are pressing the Government
to take a lead on policies for the developing world at the summit in Scotland.
The competition, organised by the charity Giving Nation (
is challenging schools to upload their website pages on to the G-nation
site. Monthly prizes will be awarded in a range of categories, including
Charity Photo of the Month, Best Charity Events Calendar, and Most Innovative
Charity Activity. Prizes in the G8 competition will include a flock of sheep, a
pig or 100 fruit trees.
The development agencies World Vision and Send a Cow are supporting the
G-Nation youth initiative by supplying the prizes, which will then be sent to
poorer parts of the world on behalf of the schools.
Pat Simmons of the charity Send a Cow (
said: "This is a great opportunity for us to promote the work that we do to a
younger generation. The gift packs work well, in that pupils can see pictures
of the types of communities they are helping. It offers them a sense of
achievement and a focus for their fundraising."
World Vision's gifts have been selected from their alternative gift
G-Nation is funded by the charity sector, the Home Office, and the DfES. It
is part of the Citizenship Foundation, a partnership aiming to develop the
culture of giving and citizenship.