Char­i­ties cel­e­brat­ing thanks to High­land pupils’ gen­eros­ity

The Oban Times - - News -

YOUNG High­land phi­lan­thropists have se­cured £72,000 for a lo­cal char­ity of their choice af­ter tak­ing part in the Youth Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive, ( YPI) Scot­land’s Fes­ti­val of Phi­lan­thropy, writes El­lie Forbes.

All but three High­land schools took part in the event on Tues­day June 21 at Perth Con­cert Hall, where win­ning teams cel­e­brated their suc­cess.

YPI’s cit­i­zen­ship pro­gramme raises aware­ness among young peo­ple about phi­lan­thropy, and grants thou­sands of pounds each year to char­i­ties de­cided by the high schools who take part.

Each school re­ceives £ 3,000 to give to their cho­sen char­ity, and this year High­land schools that won in­cluded Kin­lochleven, Lochaber, Mal­laig, Plock­ton and Portree.

These schools have cho­sen to sup­port a va­ri­ety of char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Mal­laig and District swim­ming pool, High­land Dis­abil­ity Sport and Rag Tag ‘n’ Tex­tile in Kyle of Lochalsh.

High­land Dis­abil­ity Sport told The Oban Times: ‘ We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have been se­lected to re­ceive £ 3,000 from Lochaber High School through the Youth Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive.

‘ The money has al­ready al­lowed us to host the first in a se­ries of sports events in the Lochaber area, which we hope will en­cour­age chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties to be­come phys­i­cally ac­tive through sports par­tic­i­pa­tion.’

Since its in­tro­duc­tion in Scot­land by the Wood Foun­da­tion in 2008, the YPI pro­gramme has seen the num­ber of schools in­volved from across Scot­land grow from 10 to 195 and has granted more than £1.9mil­lion to small, lo­cal Scot­tish char­i­ties.

Nearly £ 600,000 in fund­ing was granted in this aca­demic year alone.

Talk­ing about the event, Sir Ian Wood, chair­man of The Wood Foun­da­tion said: ‘ Our an­nual YPI Scot­land Na­tional Event is a great cel­e­bra­tion of the huge achieve­ments of these young peo­ple from across Scot­land over the last 12 months, with a num­ber of the win­ning schools high­light­ing some very ex­cit­ing projects.

‘ In the past year, 195 small char­i­ties across Scot­land will each have re­ceived £ 3,000, but more im­por­tantly a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of the 26,000 young­sters in­volved have un­der­gone a mind- set change un­der­stand­ing the chal­lenges in their com­mu­nity and re­al­is­ing that they can ac­tu­ally do some­thing to con­trib­ute.’

Jim Steven, High­land Coun­cil’s Head of Ed­u­ca­tion said: ‘ This ses­sion, hun­dreds of High­land sec­ondary pupils in 24 schools from Kin­lochbervie to Kin­lochleven have worked with a wide range of lo­cal char­i­ties to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tant work go­ing on in their com­mu­ni­ties.’

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