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The OPERA Big Challenge 2017

The OPERA Global Youth Foundation

"Never doubt that a small group of committed and thoughtful individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead

This is exactly what we saw happening from 28th November to 5th December 2017 – The Big Give Week. A group of twenty businesses from the world of recruitment all pulled together to achieve something truly incredible when they took on the OPERA Christmas Challenge.

From chilli challenges, bushtucker trials, extreme personal training sessions, the more sensible among them doing bake sales and dressing down (or up!) ... individuals have indeed given big and together SMASHED the £40,000 target and raised an amazing £51,156, which will support at least 100 young people in to work - and there are still donations coming in! 


Because every £500 raised is at least one young person supported into work.

Esther O'Callaghan, OPERA’s Founder CEO, still recovering from the chilli challenge, said, “To end our start-up year on such a high is a credit to all of our supporters and the tiny OPERA team. I would also like to say a very special thank you to the RDLC and its founders, the Big Give, EQ Foundation and Alevere for doubling the first £20k of donations - and to every single person who has continued to donate so generously for us to exceed our £40k target by over £11k. And to all those who have helped us throughout this year to get OPERA off the ground. It's going to be a busy 2018!”

For those of you who are yet to join the OPERA movement ... They would warmly welcome you to become part of their growing network of companies and their teams.

With the #thriveUK fund now firmly established as direct funding for young people in the UK who have successfully completed a Prince's Trust programme to enter the workplace, the next stop is the #thriveinwork pilots due to roll out through 2018. OPERA are delighted to say that they are now also working with UK Youth and Youth Employment UK, The Careers and Enterprise Company and due to announce the #thriveUS and #thriveAUS funds in Q1 2018.

@weareopera #thrive

Thank you to all the companies that took part in the challenge:

eSynergy Solutions

Dartmouth Partners

Core Atlantic

Murray McIntosh

KITE Group


Claremont Consulting

Cranberry Panda


Walker Smith Global

Theo James Recruitment

LHi Group

Opus Recruitment Solutions

Utility People

Dutton Recruitment

SW6 Associates

Aristar Financial

Award winners

- Claremont Consulting were Best Fundraiser overall

  (based on total/ headcount)

- Core Atlantic won best overall challenge

- Silven Recruitment won best Social Media

Take a look at the photos from the week: 

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