The Kickstart Initiatives for Community Kids (KICK) charity seeks to provide opportunities for young people in the Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon areas of London. Our goal is to promote an improvement in young people's conditions of life, help in the advancement of their education and assistance in the provision of facilities for recreation.
We work primarily by awarding grants for educational, sporting and cultural activities for children and young people up to the age of 18. Our preference is not to be the sole funder of an organisation, but to contribute and add value to existing projects.
An application form is available from this website. Please feel free to get in touch via the contact page.
KICK was founded in 2003 by Kanwardeep Ahluwalia with the assistance of Dipesh Patel, the first CEO of the charity. Today Kanwardeep is in the CEO role, assisted by Anabela Pinto, with the website maintained by Matthew Chilton.
Dormer Wells High School in Southall will be hosting an inaugural reception on Thursday 6th February at 2:00 pm with the Mayor of Ealing, Kamaljit Dhindsa, for their newly installed sculpture entitled "Stars Like Dust". The sculpture is the culmination of a truly collaborative and multicultural process. The project began as the vision of Head Teacher Margaret Aylott who enlisted the help of alumni Kanwardeep Ahluwalia for guidance and funding through his charity Kickstart Initiatives for Community Kids (KICK). Mr. Ahluwalia, in turn, enrolled American sculptor Raj Dagstani to design the artwork.
Dagstani conducted a sculpture workshop with the comprehensive school students in 2012. This workshop was very hands-on in nature, using theatrical exercises and intensive group critique to push the students to each build their own large-scale cardboard sculptures. The students' sculptures where then integrated into Dagstani's final design of "Stars Like Dust".
The sculpture was realized in computer-cut corten-steel by Barnacle Bros. Sculpture of Custom Fabrication in Los Angeles, California, shipped to England and then installed on site with the help of Murrill Construction.
The sculpture is symbolic in nature. It is a continuous shape using the repeated motif of the 6-pointed star, which is used regularly as a symbol of Islamic, Christian, Jewish and Hindu religions. "This is to reflect the devout yet diverse cultural backgrounds of the students at Dormer Wells". The final effect is of an archway, built without a pedestal in human scale, so that viewers can interact closely with the tapestry of pattern.
Now that it is installed on-site another phase of interaction will begin. Students under the guidance of art teachers Laila Amed, Tim Laydon and Sarah Davies will make stars in glass and other media to insert into the hundreds of star shapes cut into the steel. This sculpture will be a monument to constant change and the influence of Southall's multicultural community as reflected in our vibrantly diverse youth.