MAKING A DIFFERENCE: (from left): Ray Douglas, Carolyn Sudgier, Clifford ‘NK’ Harding, Monique Barrett and Craig Pinkney
DYNAMIC DUO Carolyn Sudgier and Monique Barrett turned words into action by holding their first community event to tackle youth crime in the inner-city.
Rather than simply talking, the girls organised a community day, arranged sponsorship, called upon inspirational speakers and got three generations of local people involved.
“It’s something we had been thinking about for some time,” said Carolyn, 20, who set up the event in the grounds of Aston Hall, Birmingham with friend 21-year-old Monique Barrett.
“Once we got started we had a lot of support – the Prince’s trust helped us and we also had sponsorship from Clifford Harding at NK Kreations. The support from local people was terrific and we hope to hold a similar event again before too long.”
Motivational speaker and urban youth specialist Craig Pinkney of Real Action, who last year organised an event called ‘Fatherhood, not Fathers ‘N’ the Hood,’ spoke of the need to turn words into action.
“More events like this are desperately needed to unite the community and all credit to Carolyn and Monique for getting this off the ground. It’s clear from who came to the day that people want to get together to make a difference.”
He was joined by fellow speaker Ray Douglas and also Clifford Harding, of NK Kreations, who is well known for his revolutionary Tunes Times Tables – a unique system that teaches maths to music.