Aarav, currently a Year 6 student is a co-founder of Tennis4theworld.
Questioning how children in places like Africa can participate in sport, Aarav, then in Year 3, aged 8, produced a flyer seeking donations of old tennis racquets, kit and equipment from his then school, The Falcons Preparatory School.
“Attached is a flyer for a charity which one of our Year 3 boys is working towards gathering equipment for. I am always very impressed when a boy uses his own initiative to try and help others. He has made this flyer himself and come up with this idea to support the charity. Please have look it, this could be a chance to clear out a cupboard from unwanted sports items.” ……Aarav’s former Deputy Head.
With the support of the school, Aarav was asked to present and explain the impact of the charity to the School. Aarav explained that students in Africa and elsewhere of similar ages to himself and the rest of his school during their free time after school and didn’t have the opportunity to play tennis or other sports. Some of them had to work in factories, not for their enjoyment or for work experience, but to sustain their livelihood. Many other children were spending their time after school working and were not able to use their remarkable talents. “To think that, by sending equipment we have outgrown or don’t use anymore, we might be able to make an impact on their life’s is simply incredible”.
Aarav has since joined Caldicott Preparatory School, and as a member of the Charity Committee, is similarly asking for donations from his new school to send to Africa.