Superhero Awards 2010
22nd February 2010
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Actually, it
was the Superhero Awards 2010 which took place from 4 - 7pm, in
Bedford, on Friday 19th February. The
heart-warming event was set up to congratulate
children and young people, in the care of Bedford Borough
Council, for their strength of character to do well in the
face of adversity.
Bedford Borough Council hosted the Awards
Ceremony, which was opened by members of the RAW (Rights and
Wrongs) Group and introduced by Chris Hilliard, Executive Director
for Children's Services, Schools and Families. He invited
exceptional children and young people along with their parents and
carers, who packed the Council Chamber, to sit back and enjoy a
late afternoon with a difference.
Those nominated for awards had been recognised
for their personal achievements over the last 12 months - 75
nominations had been received. Their social workers had been
impressed with a number of attributes such as: outstanding
educational achievements, their support for communities, good
progress with independent living and 100% attendance at school.
The Superhero theme was developed by members
of the RAW (Rights and Wrongs) group made up of young people from
Awards were presented to children and
young people by a character that looked suspiciously
like 'Neo' from The Matrix.
There were a number of performances during the
evening including a Streetdance routine to begin proceedings,
followed by the Urban Funki Munki's who took to the
floor to impress the audience with a creative display
of dance. Peoples' attention was later drawn towards centre
stage, as a screen played out a rap video with an anti-knife crime
message. The production outlined that it is the responsibility of
children, young people and parents to sit up and take notice -
thought provoking messages played out on screen as the video drew
to a close.
Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for
Children's Services said: "I am privileged to have been
invited to play a part in this afternoon’s celebrations.
The Council works very hard to ensure that equal opportunities for
leading happy, healthy and safe lives are available to all children
in the Borough. Those winning awards this afternoon have managed to
achieve great things in areas of education, social interaction, and
role model behaviour.”
In the closing moments of the event, there was
a talented performance by one young person who sang a version of
‘No Broken-Hearted Girl’ to her captivated audience, not
surprisingly she received a standing ovation.
At the ‘after show’ party, a dance floor and
refreshments had been arranged, so that the children and young
people could let their hair down!