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Forest Gate ‘role model’ Joe wins Diana Award

12:00 05 October 2012

Joe Robinson, 17, from Forest Gate.

Joe Robinson, 17, from Forest Gate.

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A remarkable young volunteer from Forest Gate was honoured with The Diana Award last week for his extensive charity work.

Joe Robinson, a 17-year-old student at St Angela’s & St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form, was presented with the award last Monday (September 24) at Canary Wharf for being a Diana Champion Fundraiser.

The Award, established in 1999, celebrates young people who support others and strive to improve their communities.

Extraordinary Joe has been fundraising for a variety of charities for a long time, including for The Asha Trust in Forest Gate where he collected enough money to pay for a school breakfast club in Sri Lanka.

Radhika Bynon, from the Asha Trust, said: “We are a volunteer-led charity and we greatly value the contribution that local people, such as Joe, can make by getting involved in fundraising for Asha.”

For the last two years, Joe has also worked with the boys of St Bonaventure’s to build up a toy collection in support of the Recorder and Community Links’ Christmas Toy Appeal to ensure the poorest in Newham receive presents, raising around £2,000 last year alone.

In addition to organising events in aid of CAFOD, Save the Children, Oxfam, Christian Aid and Comic Relief, Joe also found enough money to build a school in Uganda where they planted a tree named after him in his honour.

Recently, Joe has been working with Year Nine classes at St Angela’s & St Bon’s to raise money for Newham-based charity Community Links, even getting Tate & Lyle and The Jack Petchey Foundation to support the Charity Challenge.

Paul Halliwell, Joe’s headteacher, said: “Throughout his time at St Bonaventure’s School, Joe has been a role model for all, an example of the type of young man we should all aim to become.

“A highly successful student and an inspirational leader in charity events. We are all very proud of his endeavours in academic and community work.”

Now Joe has a Diana Award, he can join the 36,000-strong Diana Network and the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme to put his skills into practice with internships and work placements in the UK.

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