Richard Sandbrook Award
The ODA Richard Sandbrook Award was established by the ODA in January 2009, to commemorate the work of former pupil Richard Sandbrook, OBE (1946-2005).
Richard (OD 59-64) was one of the leading influences in the creation of what we today know as the environment and sustainable development movement. He was the co-founder of Friends of the Earth, Executive Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development and was a widely sought-after advisor and facilitator working with a huge range of people and causes including The Prince of Wales, the United Nations, Water Aid, WWF, Save The Children, UK Government and many others. He was awarded the OBE in 1990.
To promote an awareness in the School and amongst Old Dauntseians of the meaning of sustainable development. In particular, its inter-related goals of conservation of the environment, economic development, social well being and good governance. In doing so, it is hoped to encourage intiative, enterprise and collaboration in order to ensure that today's demand does not compromise tomorrow's supply.
Projects we have funded in the past include providing clean water in a third world community, research into the promotion of sustainable marine ecosystems, and promoting personal, social or economic development in post-conflict communities.
Last year's winner
Last year’s winner of the 2016 Richard Sandbrook Award was Upper Sixth pupil, Moira Connor who set out to raise awareness of the growing problem of plastic pollution in our seas and on our beaches, and to support the Marine Conservation Societies’ (MCS) ‘Beachwatch’ campaign.
Moira completed six beach surveys in the Southern Hebrides. On one beach it took Moira and her friends just one hour to collect litter from a 100 metre stretch of remote Atlantic-facing beach. It then took a further five hours to sort and count it for the survey. A total of 777 plastic bottle tops were counted, plus a lot more rubbish. Moira raised almost £1,000 for the Marine Conservation Society.