July 25, 2011

Victor Dahdaleh Donates to Hugh Myddelton Primary School Via His Charitable Foundation

LONDON, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

There was some fishy business going on at Hugh Myddelton Primary School
in Clerkenwell with the recent unveiling of a sculpture created by the
school's children along with resident artists from the Bow Arts Trust.

New head teacher Andy Turner wanted to make a splash with the opening of
the new building in Myddelton Street, so when he received a cash gift from
the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation and Canadian investment
bank TD Securities, he decided that something creative was the way forward.

The Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation was founded by
international businessman and active philanthropist Victor Dahdaleh. The
Foundation's activities are focused chiefly on education and medicine,
granting scholarships to disadvantaged students at several universities and
supporting causes such as cancer research and the Heart and Lung Foundation.
Victor Dahdaleh is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics, and
has been a governor since 1995.

Head teacher Andy Turner commissioned Bow Arts Trust, an educational
charity based in Bow, to work with all 420 children, as well as teachers, to
design an arresting new entrance to the school. After many experiments they
came up with a giant mobile of fish and eels.

The link, he said, was the New River - a canal opened in 1631 to supply
drinking water from the River Lee. It was funded by Sir Hugh Myddelton and
legend has it that because there were no filter systems fish and eels would
find themselves in people's sinks.

"Many of the schools who receive this kind of money build computer rooms
but we wanted to do something creative," Mr Turner said. "We had a new
building and it was a sign of the rebirth of the school. We wanted an end
product and a process the children would understand."

He added that pupils had to research the project by visiting the
National Portrait Gallery and the Wellcome Trust, where they saw the giant
Bleigiessen sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick.

Artists Corinne Felgate and Nicolas Deshayes designed the final
sculpture, called A New River's End.

Mr Turner thanked the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation and
TD Securities for their cash gift.

SOURCE Islington Tribune