£3k prize guys
Charity will benefit from team’s big win
The hard work and passion of five Cathkin High School students has seen a charity win a cash booty of £3000.
Christopher Cuthbertson, Graeme Gibb, Kyle Williamson, Andrew Webster and Scott Robertson Tweedie of S4 won the cash prize for charity, Paragon Ensemble, after taking part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative ( YPI).
Run at schools across Scotland, the YPI encourages pupils to look at social issues within their communities before identifying charities which work to address those problems.
S4 pupils studying Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies at Cathkin then chose a grass roots charity before researching the viability of that charity, its employees, overheads, where money is spent and the ratio of wages to charitable work.
From this research, pupils built up a presentation and stated a case as to why their chosen charity is deserving of a £3,000 donation - donated to YPI by the Wood Family Trust.
Giving their presentation first to their classmates, eight YPI teams from the school were selected to compete for the £3,000 by providing a second presentation to a panel of judges.
This included Councillor Russell Clearie, Bill Mackintosh of Rutherglen Rotary Club, Alistair Cairns from YPI, Patrick Holmes of the school parent and teacher association, head teacher Mrs McNair and S5 pupils Amy Hobbs and Elizabeth Cochrane – the successful winners from last year’s YPI final.
Overall winners Christopher, Graeme, Kyle, Andrew and Scott made their case for Paragon Ensemble, a charity that focuses on making and playing music and drama to children with additional support needs.
Ninian Perrie, chairperson of the charity, said the commitment and passion of the boys shone through during their presentation.
She said: “The boys were fantastic and we are over the moon to have won. The money will go such a long way to reach more people both with and without additional support needs to give them better life chances”.
Christopher of the winning team said: “I am so shocked with our win for Paragon. I really enjoyed visiting the charity and watching the children interact, play and enjoy music.” Graeme added: “There were so many worthy charities presented today so it feels so amazing to have won.”
Mrs Colligan, the teacher coordinating the entire process, said: “Pupils participating in our YPI initiative continue to impress and amaze. We are fiercely proud of the hard work and commitment that our young people dedicate to the project and the difference they are making within their community. The overall winners have really shone.”
The winning boys, along with Mrs Colligan, will attend the national YPI presentation for Scotland in Perth next week.
Cheque this The team were delighted to show off their cheque