8 great causes up for se­lec­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Eight char­i­ties op­er­at­ing in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area stand to ben­e­fit from a £ 3,000 boost thanks to pupils at Cathkin High School.

Through their core re­li­gious, moral and philo­soph­i­cal stud­ies (RMPS) classes, the fourth year stu­dents have been en­cour­aged to pick out grass­roots char­i­ties that help peo­ple deal with so­cial is­sues.

The whole year started by pick­ing out char­i­ties that met their cri­te­ria, with eight mak­ing it past the class­room stage.

A fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion will now take place on June 10 to de­cide which of the eight char­i­ties will re­ceive the money.

The eight were: Healthy n Happy, the lo­cal com­mu­nity health devel­op­ment trust; In Care Abuse Sur­vivors, who aid adult sur­vivors of abuse in res­i­den­tial homes; Loaves and Fishes, a food bank char­ity for needy lo­cal res­i­dents; Ron­ald McDon­ald House, a res­i­den­tial home for fam­i­lies to be close to their sick chil­dren in hos­pi­tal; En­able, who help im­prove the lives of peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and their car­ers; Talk Now, who of­fer coun­selling ser­vices to adults who suf­fered sex­ual abuse as chil­dren; Con­tact the El­derly, a char­ity ded­i­cated to com­bat lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion among the el­derly; Paragon Music, who in­spire chil­dren with phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­abil­i­ties to play and cre­ate music.

Pupils car­ried out in­tense re­search into the char­i­ties be­fore de­cid­ing on their fi­nal eight.

Mrs Payne, an RMPS teacher at Cathkin said: “The amount of prepa­ra­tion the fourth years have put into each and ev­ery pre­sen­ta­tion was very im­pres­sive and I think the win­ning char­ity is go­ing to be a tough one to pick.”

The fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion will take place in the ‘street’ area in the school.

The judg­ing panel will be made up of head teacher Mrs McNair and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Ro­tary Club.

Healthy n Happy Are in the run­ning work of Ron­ald Home com­forts The Glas­gow has McDon­ald House in im­pressed the pupils

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