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Posted on: September 9, 2015

After months of preparation, rehearsing, designing materials, performing and running fundraising events the teams of The AMP Awards were a huge success and the schools raised enough money to help fund a complete pump project in Malawi. A massive achievement, well done to you all!

The AMP Awards takes place in Yorkshire every year and is an exciting Music and Enterprise Competition for young people at Schools and Colleges across Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, York, Doncaster and Sheffield.

The AMP Awards is a competition to give young people the opportunity to engage in real-life enterprise skills whilst helping provide significant funds towards Pump Aid’s work. It tests business acumen, event planning, marketing and financial skills whilst also providing a platform to showcase young musicians. Each student business team is coached and advised by a business mentor to act as music promoters and event managers, seeking out the talent to represent their school and go on to perform at an AMP Awards Regional Final.

This year Pump Aid and the AMP Awards team with the support of Harrogate Lions Club took to the streets of Harrogate to raise money and awareness for the competition. Despite the cold February weather this was a great success and the students kept their spirits high throughout!

Harrogate Street CollectionHarrogate Street Collection Student

The total donations from the AMP Awards helped fund a complete pump project in the village of Mphunda in Malawi which has helped provide safe water and sanitation to 243 people. Before the elephant pump was installed the village relied on an open well which was open to contamination and consequently put everyone at risk of getting seriously ill. Below illustrates before and after the elephant pump:

Mphunda previous water sourceMphunda elephant pump

To read more about The AMP Awards check out their website here.

If you’d like to fundraise for Pump Aid then have a look at our Fundraising page for ideas or email Emily at fundraising@pumpaid.org for more information and request your free starter pack.