2020, where do we begin? It’s be the most surreal year of our lives, and certainly one of the most challenging for students. However, amid the disruption and chaos the pandemic has caused, good news prevails! Here are 4 positive stories to come out of this year.
Captain Tom Moore raises £32 million for NHS charities
Capt. Tom Moore originally aimed to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The World War 2 veteran went on to raise a staggering £32 million. He captured the hearts of our nation, so much so that he was even directly addressed by Prime minister, Boris Johnson. “Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation, you’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who have all been doing the most outstanding job.”
Marcus Rashford’s ambassador work for FareShare helps millions
“I’m by no means a politician,” said Marcus Rashford in a British Vogue interview earlier this year, “but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions.” This year the Manchester United footballer and campaigner emerged as a prominent figure with regards to ending child poverty in the UK, so much so, that his efforts earnt him an MBE.
Rashford’s tireless campaigning towards ensuring all children have access to school meals has brought the best out of thousands of businesses, many of who joined together on social media to offer support after 322 UK politicians voted against Rashford’s request to extend the free school meal vouchers scheme for struggling families until Easter 2021.
In 2019, it was reported that 1.3 million children receive free school meals and it’s estimated 900,000 more have sought a free meal since lockdown, according to BBC News.
Girl, 11, reaches 7.1m keepy-uppy target for charity
Imogen Papworth-Heidel completed her challenge to reach 7.1 million keepy-uppies, one for every UK key worker, to raise money for a number of charities. She completed a total of 1,123,586 keepy-uppies during an unbroken 195-day run, reaching more than 7,000 a day during lockdown and the summer holidays.
The remaining 5,976,414 were donated by around 2,000 people who took videos of themselves joining in the challenge, and emailed them to Imogen’s parents. Among these people, the England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.
USA set to re-join Paris Climate Agreement, shortly after withdrawing from it
Newly elected President Joe Biden recently tweeted “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.” In response to the USA withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Paris Agreement’s overall goal is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. America’s re-joining, and new outlook towards the agreement, could have a substantially positive effect on the organisations long-term aims.