£3k prize guys

Char­ity will ben­e­fit from team’s big win

Rutherglen Reformer - - Book Early For Christmas - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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