|Tuesday, 03 June 2008 09:27|
The Friday before half-term I visited Sellincourt Primary School to present the prize for winning a skipping competition I had organised for schools in Tooting. I had previously competed in a skipping competition against my fellow MPs, just missing out on a podium place in 4th position but winning over 1000 Active Kids vouchers. It seemed fair that I should award the vouchers to the school in Tooting with the best skippers! Sellincourt Primary School was head and shoulders above the competition and won the vouchers, which can be exchanged for sports equipment. To see a photo of me with two of the winning girls at Sellincourt School click HERE.
I have met with the person behind a new organisation called "Transition Tooting" who are starting to do some really exciting work in Tooting encouraging local residents to live more sustainable lifestyles. I have agreed to get involved with this new initiative and hope to build on some of the work I am already doing with local environmental groups in this very important area. You can find out more about their work and how to get involved at their website HERE
I also met with the new Dean of St Georges University Professor Peter Kopelman. He in fact attended St Georges Medical School but then went on to specialise in diabetes care and obesity care, eventually establishing one of the foremost obesity treatment clinics in the country. He is very passionate about St Georges and has an exciting vision for the University.
One of the highlights over the last couple of weeks was being asked to be one of the Guests of Honour at the STAR (St Georges Action for Refugees) fundraising dinner. STAR does a really important job helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community. It was great to be able to celebrate the things refugees have brought to Britain and help raise money for refugees in Tooting. It was really inspiring seeing some of the most privileged members of our local community doing voluntary work with local children who have had a tough start to their lives.
I am always impressed by the work that our Special Constables do in and around Tooting. I was pleased to invite the Minister of Policing, Rt Hon Tony McNulty, to the Wandsworth Policing Contact Centre to meet local Specials and all the volunteers who do such an amazing job. Since its inception the Contact Centre has gone from strength to strength; silencing doubters and becoming a valuable contact point for the police and local community alike; with over 12,000 visitors it really can be called a great success for community relations in Tooting. You can see a picture of myself, Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP and Fred Ahmed MBE HERE.
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