Cathkin pupils show their caring side
A South Lanarkshire charity is quids in after pupils at a Cambuslang school held their annual Youth Philanthropy Initiative final.
Students at Cathkin High selected REACH Lanarkshire Autism as the good cause to receive a £3000 donation through the scheme.
The initiative has been delivered through core Religious, Moral, Philosophy Studies to S4 pupils at the school and has encouraged pupils to consider and reflect on social issues within the community and identify ‘grassroots’ charities that help people cope and deal with those issues.
The whole of S4 began the course by identifying a charity that helps people in their community and researched the financial viability of the charity.
Pupils built up a presentation and stated a case as to why a £3000 donation is deserving of this charity.
The presentations were delivered firstly in their RMPS classes to their peers and to their RMPS teachers.
Eight winners were chosen to present their power points, videos and speeches in front of the whole of S3, and invited charities that had made it through to the final.
A judging panel made up of Mrs AnneMarie McNair, last year’s winners Louis Mossom and Melissa McCarroll, Councillor Russell Clearie and the YPI Coordinator for Scotland, Lynn Raynal then helped pick the winners.
The overall winners were Burns pupils Shania Bryson, Elizabeth Cochrane, Emma Priestley and Amy Hobbs.
The four students who researched, presented and promoted REACH, which focuses on offering support, guidance and activities to young people who have been diagnosed with Autism.
A spokesperson for the charity, after winning the cheque for £3000, said: “This money is invaluable to offering fantastic resources and activities for children attending our charity.
“It has also raised awareness of who we reach out to and what kind of services we can offer to someone who has been diagnosed with Autism”.
Elizabeth Cochrane, who presented at the final, said: “To me, YPI has helped me realise some of the extraordinary people out there.
“The charities we heard about varied from helping autistic children to people who had experienced enormous grief.”
The four girls, along with their teacher Mrs Colligan, attended the national YPI presentation for Scotland in Perth.
REACH was established in March 2012 to bridge the gap in post diagnostic services across Lanarkshire, to provide support to families who have a young person with an Autism Spectrum Condition living within the authority of South Lanarkshire.
Following a period of working closely within the autism community, it was noted there existed a need to work panLanarkshire to provide much needed support and activities in both North and South Lanarkshire and reflect the diagnostic services used by those within NHS Lanarkshire.
For more info visit www.reachautism. org.uk
Fab four Elizabeth Cochrane, Shania Bryson, Emma Priestley and Amy Hobbs present a cheque to charity REACH