A total of 34 attendees (including 4 staff) gathered in Lancaster Gate on Sunday 4th October for WAIT’s opening workshop for the upcoming year. We also acknowledged the 10 year anniversary of the organization starting up in the UK! Our MCs Richard Raineri and Melanie Crosthwaite did well in leading us to reinvigorate motivation and determination to work for the cause, as well as building up our excitement and keeping the program flowing.
Supported by several parents and a WAIT UK partner on Saturday 3rd of April, WAIT members embarked on a day of performances and fundraising in the busy Victoria Station in Central London. Ideally, we were to meet at 9am sharp in order to register and set up. Ironically, due to maintenance work on the rail network, almost everyone arrived a little late. We were allowed two slots for performing (10-11 am and 3-4 pm), but fundraising all day in the unrestricted areas of the station.
Priya Loganathan, WAIT girl coordinator, prepared a schedule for the day which included times of fundraising (in pairs), breaks and performances. Overseen by Sean Greaves, WAIT Youth Coordinator, the fundraising day began in earnest!
19th July - 2nd August 2008, Czech Republic - WAIT is a proactive educational project that shows the benefits of abstinence until marriage. Further training for teams to be able to present its central message took place this summer in Zbraslavice in the Czech Republic.
What We Are: WAIT is a proactive and dynamic peer educational project, aimed at preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. It promotes the delay of sexual activity until marriage and inspires young people to develop their talents in the performing arts. The aim is to go beyond the prevalent condom culture of today and instead empower young people with an alternative choice through showing the benefits of abstinence until marriage and fidelity within marriage, for the sake of lasting happiness.
What We Do: WAIT teams give performances to young people and parents alike. They have successfully performed in schools, youth clubs, seminars, places of worship, and at public festivals. Since 2005, they have staged more than 70 performances in the UK. This year the WAIT team has toured Ireland, Uganda and the Czech Republic and delivered its message to two and a half thousand youths as well as initiating a new WAIT team in each country. WAIT has achieved much success in changing attitudes toward sex and relationships and in helping young people make correct decisions for the sake of their futures.