Today marked the culmination of weeks of work by pupils in S3, bidding to win a grant of £3000 for their chosen charity. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is supported by The Wood Family Trust and Scottish and Southern Energy, and this is the second year of competition in the highlands. Initially, all pupils in S3 were invited to choose a charity to support; pupils worked in teams to put together a 10 minute presentation, outlining the work of the charity and explaining how the prize money would be spent. Preliminary rounds were held in the school last term, resulting in six teams being chosen for the final. This morning, these six finalists were asked to make their case to an audience of S3 pupils, representatives from the charities and a team of judges – a daunting task! However, all pupils were up to the challenge, and each team made a strong case for their chosen cause. The charities supported by the finalists were:
- For the Right Reasons
- The Scottish Huntington’s Association
- The Highland Children’s Forum
- The Scottish Autism Society
- Safe Strong and Free
The judges had a difficult decision, but there could only be one winner. After some debate, the judges decided to award the prize to Safe, Strong and Free – an Inverness based charity which aims to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault through a programme of talks with pre-school children. The charity aims to put the money towards producing a DVD which will help them get their message across. The team of Katy, Karina, Morven and Catriona showed a good understanding of the work of the charity, and have all committed to volunteering with the charity in the future.
All the pupils who took part should be congratulated for their efforts, and hopefully, a number of them will maintain the links they have forged in the course of the project. Our thanks go to Fiona Carter from the Wood Family Trust and to Scott Maclean and Melissa Matheson from Scottish and Southern Energy for their input to the initiative.