The 2013 Mayor’s Special Achievement award acknowledges the journey of volunteers who began their volunteering during the 2012 Games and have continued to volunteer, making a significant impact in their community, overcoming barriers or have given exceptional commitment to one of the Mayoral priority areas.
Lightbulb Bowler Hats conquer City HallThe Award Ceremony was held on Monday 25th November 2013 in The Chamber of London's iconic City Hall - only four months ago, we were still on the outside.
While we were not allowed to bring our drums, a group of six drummers in the 2012 Closing Ceremony costume placed themselves prominently in the middle of the hall and switched their lightbulbs on when the nominees for the Special Achievement category were read out.
|Photo by london.gov.uk|
20 awards in various categories for under 25s, over 25s and teams provided an inspirational whirlwind tour of diverse volunteering successes in London and turned the ceremony in a worthy and humbling celebration - while six drummers were getting increasingly nervous.
The final 21st award was the Mayor's Special Achievement Award with five nominees, and when Darwin Bernardo opened the golden envelope to read out our name, our six drummers were instantly excited, proud and honoured.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was given no choice and gently coerced to wear a spare blue bowler lightbulb hat when he handed over the award trophy to us.
The ceremony ended with a musical performance by Mayor of London's Gigs Competition finalist Charlotte Campbell, who sang her own interpretation of Waterloo Sunset, a song we knew well from the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, where we marshalled the athletes.
A Huge Recognition
|Pandemonium Drummers in City Hall|
on the giant satellite photo of London
In a room full of highly remarkable volunteers we felt humbled as we were just having fun all the time, but the award actually acknowledges the wide range of contributions we were able to make since the end of the London 2012 Olympics.
It is therefore time to look back and reflect on our own activities and achievements, some of which include:
- Direct Fundraising, eg for Children in Need, National Association for People Abused in Childhood, The House Mill
- Indirect Fundraising, eg Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Prince's Trust
- Awareness raising, eg Barnado's, Beating Bowel Cancer, Join In UK, Our Big Gig, Recycling
- Sporting Events and Opening/Closing Ceremonies, eg Open East Festival, Special Olympics Bath 2013, UEFA Champions League Final 2013 in Wembley
- Motivating young, old and/or disadvantaged people, eg Age UK, several local youth services, mental health services, Special Olympics Bath 2013
- Local community support, eg the Big Lunch, Hackney 1000, Shuffle Festival, various hyperlocal events
- Cheerdrumming, eg Hero Ride, London Marathon
- Keeping the London 2012 Legacy alive, eg Chinese New Year Parade, London New Year's Day Parade, More London Free Festival, St Pancras International Station Sessions, St Patrick's Day Parade
- Supporting the Arts through Entertainment, eg British Arts Festival Association Conference, Henley Festival, Proms at St Jude's, Zombie Horror Camp
- And a number of other causes - we performed about 100 times so far!
|The Pandemonium Drummers with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and previous winner Darwin Bernardo. |
Photo credit: Kois Miah
Thanks to all our supporters, friends and members!
Full list of Team London 2013 Award Winners
The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.
Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.
The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.
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