Events – EduCrate https://educrateinternational.com Educational Empowerment Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:26:06 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://educrateinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-Educrate-Favicon-32x32.png Events – EduCrate https://educrateinternational.com 32 32 Out the Box Take Three: Our First Comedy Fundraiser https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3357/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3357/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:20:58 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3357 After the sell-out success of our first two fundraising events, the stakes were high for EduCrate’s Out the Box: Comedy Night. With eight of Brighton’s best comedians on the bill and an excellent venue to fill, it was my turn to make sure the evening all went to plan. Scheduled for the night before the […]

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After the sell-out success of our first two fundraising events, the stakes were high for EduCrate’s Out the Box: Comedy Night. With eight of Brighton’s best comedians on the bill and an excellent venue to fill, it was my turn to make sure the evening all went to plan.

Scheduled for the night before the first bank holiday of 2016, EduCrate’s first comedy fundraiser was held at Brighton’s The Joker. Located in the heart of Preston Circus with an ever-growing reputation on the comedy scene, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. With the date set and the location confirmed, next up was to finding acts to perform.

Our excellent line-up of comedians was down to Ben Carter and Michael Mooney. Both aficionados of Brighton’s circuit, they helped us, in their free time, to put together an eclectic mix of the city’s funniest people: James McDonell, Henry Ewins, Rebekka Turner, Ben Carter, Michael Mooney, Joe Foster and Dan Fardell.

An absolutely massive shout out to Ben who helped EduCrate tenfold: he designed the poster, had a sound and light technician on hand for the night and put us in touch with the Joker. Without Michael’s experience, contacts on the circuit and helping me put together the timings the night could have fallen flat. A huge thank-you to you both for making the night a success.

And a success it was. We matched our last two fundraisers by selling all early bird tickets and we raised over £400 – that’s enough to ship three more crates over to Kileleshwa School in Nairobi. Drawing in a different crowd from previous events thanks to each comedians’ loyal followers, we asked each act to share the event on their social media platforms; this helped us a lot to spread the Educrate word to those unknown about our aim to empower pupils worldwide, turn waste into want and democratise education.

Holding the night together in true style was compere and EduCrate trustee Theo Evans. Adorned in a boiler suit and with a crate full of mystery ‘prizes’ to give to each comedian, Theo set exactly the right tone for the evening. The rest of the EduCrate trustees also made the night run smooth: be it collecting up the answers from our interactive round (we asked the audience ‘what do you wish you learned at school?), keeping an eye on the timings for each act or handing out raffle tickets for our next event EduFest, they were all brilliant.

Our next event EduFest is on the 23rd April @ Fourtune of War, join us for eight hours of music from Brighton’s most talented musicians.

Keep up to date with EduCrate’s story and our future fundraising events on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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EduCup – First Footy Fundraiser! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/03/first-footy-fundraiser/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/03/first-footy-fundraiser/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:23:45 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3175 As it’s my first post I thought I’d quickly mention why I became involved with EduCrate. I really believe in the core idea of helping prevent educational waste in the UK and in helping under-funded schools around the world make use of these resources. I also joined because of the inspiring passion and enthusiasm of […]

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As it’s my first post I thought I’d quickly mention why I became involved with EduCrate. I really believe in the core idea of helping prevent educational waste in the UK and in helping under-funded schools around the world make use of these resources. I also joined because of the inspiring passion and enthusiasm of the other trustees and of the founder, Jemma Shepard. My background is in sports and the arts, and my aim is to help diversify both how we fundraise and what we can offer to our overseas schools. This means hosting active and engaging events, such as football tournaments and sports days that will both make money and spread our message to a broader audience. It also means trying to include a wide variety of different educational resources in the crates we send out, such as sports equipment and playing kit.

The EduCup!

Sunday the 7th February ended a momentous weekend in worldwide sport: Leicester won emphatically at the Ethihad to stake a real claim on the 2016 Premier League title; The 50th incarnation of the Superbowl was watched by 112 Million global viewers; and of course, EduCrate hosted its first 5-a-side football charity fundraiser.

The tournament was attended by 10 teams and made a total profit of £340 for the charity. We owe a big thank you to Luke Terrill and Simon Tunley of Sussex Sport for helping make this happen. We also want to thank the staff of Falmer Sports Complex for their friendliness and help on the day, and for the use of their brand spanking new 3G pitches.

We would also like to thank The Victory Inn for supplying us with a crate of Kronenburg, which was graciously won by Red Eye Jedi. Entering the tournament at the very last minute and turning up late didn’t stop the Jedi’s making light work of the competition, conceding only one goal throughout the whole day. Their professionalism could not be faulted when it came to kit however, although if they take their power from their smart uniform yellow this did not help the equally well-clad teachers of the Longhill School Staff team, who finished second from last after a spirited 9v10 (‘Loserbowl’) game against a team of Sussex Ultimate Frisbee Freshers, El Shaarawys.

There was a free geography lesson given by Barai FC, the Malaysian All Star team, proving that Malaysia must be a prettttty small place. 

An exciting semi-final between office based team DC’s Stormers and another group of 5-a-side rounders, Grown Ass Men (Ironically named in their fresh faced youth), ended with a dramatic penalty shoot out that was only settled when the keepers stepped up to finish things, Will Hammond the baby face hero of that game.

It was also a grown ass man who scored Goal of the tournament with a peach of a volley, that gave the Frisbee Fairies keeper, Joe Butler, little chance of even seeing let alone saving the ball! Meanwhile ‘shorts of the tournament’ were unanimously awarded to the pink articles sported by the man-giant and title player from J-Feels and the Easy Pleasers. Finally an honorable mention goes to the Couchsurfers, the only team to score (with a stunning solo effort!) against the eventual winners, Red Eye Jedi.

Along with their beer, the Jedi’s took home the superb home-made trophy (courtesy of some Age UK tatt and my box of paints), seemingly confident in their ability to defend their title at our next tournament, on Sunday 3rd April.

After feedback regarding Sunday morning hangovers we have courteously booked the pitches a little later for April, and with an extended time of 12:00 – 17:00, we hope to expand the tournament to 12 teams. And while we won’t have the loud and bemusing spectacle of two university American football teams battling it out behind our pitches, we will have proper referees this time. As ever prizes will be supplied by a local bar or booze merchant, while the trophy will be home made but glorious.

Sign up here for the 2nd Edition of the EduCup, April 3rd 12:00 at the Falmer Sports Complex!

 

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Oh What a Night! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/02/oh-what-a-night/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/02/oh-what-a-night/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:21:56 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3138 Am writing this with a huge, if surreal, smile on my face. Last week we put on our launch event at the Fountain Head Brighton, and it surpassed all our collective hopes and ambitions. The evening started with a series of talks by local experts and we were thrilled to start with Alan Lester from […]

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Am writing this with a huge, if surreal, smile on my face. Last week we put on our launch event at the Fountain Head Brighton, and it surpassed all our collective hopes and ambitions.

The evening started with a series of talks by local experts and we were thrilled to start with Alan Lester from Sussex University. Alan shared his knowledge of the Opium Trade and engaged the crowd with his passion and interesting insight into how we look back on the Britsh Empire today.

We we moved on to hear from Mike Cohen, a Plato enthusiast, who presented us with a inspiring theme into what reality truly is and what Plato had to say about it. A vast subject to explain in just 10mins but he did a grand job.

Post-drink break, Sam Moffett, an English Disco Lovers spokesperson, enthralled us with their ‘don’t hate, gyrate’ movement ethos and how we can try to erradicate extreme views through a shared loved of disco and of course glitter.

All three speakers gave us their time for free and provided the sold-out event with the opportunity to satisfy their thirsty brains and do good for us just by being there. Massive thanks to all three gentlemen involved, we’d love you back again in the future!

What at followed can only be described as comedic, sparky, glitter-fest of quizzing! 12 glittered up teams embarked on a journey of modelling animals with human jobs, general knowledge qs with a twist and speed origami to name a few rounds! The vibe was wonderfully endorsed by our very own MC Theo Evans and the rest of the EduCrate-int team who did a great job of looking after everyone and keeping up the pace.

Our winning teams couldn’t have been happier with their prints of Brighton and the South Downs and the Brighton 2016 calendar, amazingly donated by Finn Hopson, who runs the Brighton Photography Gallery near to the ever growing 360 Tower in Hove. Special thanks also need to Mr J-Feliz for musically hosting us with his vibrant mix of funk, soul and disco!

The most enjoyable part of the evening for myself, was standing back and watching so many people I know in the crowd, alongside my incredible team of trustees, getting on board with our cause and sharing in our passion for educational equality. We raised just over £300 in total, which will pay for 2 large crates full of educational resources donated from our Brighton partner schools and the stationary donated by our quizzers during the evening.

It’s difficult to imagine what a difference those resources will make to our school in Nairobi, that literally doesn’t have one pen to share amongst it’s 300 students. Thank you all so much for being there with us and supporting our cause.

Over the coming months, OUT THE BOX! will be putting on a series of unique events including a comedy night in March and a mini-festival of local music on the beach in April. Check our events page www.educrateinternational.com/events for more info and how to buy your tickets!

Thanks again all.

Jemma

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