ESOL CharityMayor of Haringey Councillor Gina Adamou presents a cheque for £1,000 to the ESOL students to donate to their chosen charity Enfield Vision.

A charity in Enfield for blind and visually impaired people is to receive £1,000 as students showed their support to three good causes.

Enfield Vision was chosen to receive the cash after a winning presentation by students at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

They were taking part in the First Give programme, which encourages young people to give their time and talent to help improve their community.

Two other student presentations made cases for Haringey Migrant Support Centre and disabled children’s charity Bayis Sheli in Stamford Hill for the cash.

A panel of judges decided on the charity to receive the donation after watching the presentations by English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

Student Rozerin Arslan, 16, said: “It’s great that the £1,000 will be going to our charity. People were so kind and gave money, which will really help them.

“It feels really good to have done something very positive to help people that are not as fortunate as myself.”

During each of the presentations the students spoke about the work of their chosen charities though audience participation, videos, music and role-play, and explained how they would spend the £1,000.

They also revealed how they had already raised money through donations and fundraising events, such as cake sales and sports matches.

The judges comprised Mayor of Haringey Councillor Gina Adamou, Amy Clark, Programme Manager for First Give, Peter Coe, Head of School for ESOL, and Jan Dunster, Head of Learner Support.

Addressing the students, Mr Coe said: “Thank you to all of you for what has obviously been a lot of hard work. All of the judges were very impressed and it was such a difficult decision to make.

Cllr Adamou added: “Your charities have already benefited from the money and awareness you have raised, but they will still need support tomorrow and the next day, so please keep helping them.”

Enfield Vision hosts drop-in sessions at Park Avenue Resource Centre, Bush Hill Park, on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

It provides free weekly Braille lessons and IT training at Community House in Edmonton, bowls matches with Enfield Visually Impaired Bowls Club as well as arranging trips to the theatre and other places of interest.

Call 020 8442 3055 or click here for more information on ESOL courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

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