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Tobias

Tobias

Name: Tobias Perks
Age: 21
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Wrexham
Campaign: To spread happiness and encourage people to smile

A smile makes the world a brighter, happier place and it doesn’t cost a thing!

I often encourage people to smile, just by asking them to, as I think it boosts morale within a community.

With the help of Fixers, my team and I are planning an event to be held during the same week as the United Nations International Day of Happiness, which takes place on 20th March.

Our aim will be to get people smiling – to do this volunteers will talk to people, tell jokes and offer high fives. There will also be entertainment.

We hope the legacy of our efforts will be an annual event that people in our community could look forward to.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Gareth Young Tyla Rees Lydia Jones
Elissa Siddons Darius Leslie Freyer Howells
Gemma Lyons Rebekah Hornsey Will Aron
Ryan Ankers Erin McAnulty Shannon Phillips
Jake Jennings Siobhan Jones Bronwyn Correnrell
Paiten Hall Andy Pugh Billy Pateson
Liam Douglas Julia Oliveira Semi Yagli
Alex Durnell Saul Darlington Catherine Nicholls
David Holland Liam Skelly Bartosz Galarowicz
Jade Buckley Amy Walker Matthew Graydon
Rosie Ellis Ebany Millward Gwenllian Waddilore
Charlotte Speak    

Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW)
AVOW are supporting our Fixers project. They are assisting us in finding volunteers to help at our event.

 

BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Wales have supported our project. They invited me to talk about the event on one of their shows.

 

Brett Jones and Rainer Weickert
Brett and Rainer are backing our Fix. They're helping to entertain the crowds on the day. Brett does magic tricks and Rainer can juggle.

 

Thank you to Denise Walker Graydon for helping with preparations for our event and Michelle and Lydia Davies for volunteering on the day.

March 2014

We held our happiness event on Saturday 22nd March and it was brilliant – I think we really made Wrexham smile!

 

Between 11am and 3pm around 20 volunteers helped spread joy at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre.

As well as music, dancing, magic and juggling, actors dressed up as popular animated characters, including Monsters Inc.’s Mike Wazowski and a minion from Despicable Me.

We handed out stickers to everyone we interacted with and we didn’t have many left by the end of the day!

Altogether, we think we spoke to more than 1000 people.

The MP for Wrexham, Ian Lucas, met with us on the morning of the event.

He said: ‘It’s tremendous that you’re being active and that positive young people in Wrexham are making others smile.’


Some of the volunteers with MP Ian Lucas

 

 

The volunteers in action!

 

Before our event took place an article about it appeared in the Wrexham Leader on Wednesday 12th March.

 

Click on the image above to read the article.

 

I was also interviewed on BBC Radio Wales on Friday 21st March.

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