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Act on Money takes the top prize at the MfL challenge England Final
Published: 24 Apr 2013
Last Thursday, the Money for Life England final took place in the stunning surroundings of the Tower of London... All the finalists who were busy rehearsing their presentations and preparing showcase stands and put on a great show for the finals.
After much debate and conversation, the judges chose the team of young people from ACT NOW, Cardboard Citizens’ youth theatre in Whitechapel. Their inspirational project, called Act on Money, addresses issues of homelessness and financial exclusion that concerns many of their peers. The team devised a ‘forum theatre’ play, which they took on tour to tow venues where homeless people were. Whilst raising awareness of such issues via performing, the aim of the play was also to explore possible solutions and how to find help and advice. Act on Money has won £1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and will take part in the Money for Life Grand Final in London on the 23rd of May, where they’ll compete against the winning teams from Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Our judges were incredibly impressed not just by the team’s effort and enthusiasm, but the fact they made such a fantastic contribution to improving the money management skills of their community. The Money for Life Challenge is now in its second year and it’s inspiring to see so many young people being empowered to learn new ways to manage their money well and support others by passing on these skills.”
Hereward College’s project called Savy Savers took the People’s Prize winner award and Bella’s Budget Boutique came third!
Talented teams such as Put it in my Pocket (P.I.M.P), Ignite and Union Dance also treated the other finalists, runners up and the judges to live music and dance performances. It has been a truly inspiring final and we would like to congratulate all the teams that have taken part in the challenge this year. The passion and enthusiasm they have shown for money management has been fantastic!