Stu­dents show so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SO­CIALLY- MINDED stu­dents have opted to sup­port a busi­ness driven by com­mu­nity val­ues rather than prof­its.

Be­fore Christ­mas, pupils from Kin­lochleven High School de­cided to raise money for So­cial Bite, a sand­wich shop with a dif­fer­ence.

No mat­ter how big So­cial Bite grows, no in­di­vid­ual will ever get rich from the busi­ness. Af­ter staff are paid and costs are cov­ered, ev­ery penny of profit is put to­wards tack­ling so­cial prob­lems.

The Ed­in­burgh-based out­fit’s am­bi­tion is to grow into a large chain of sand­wich shops com­pet­ing with all of the big brands.

Head teacher Re­becca Machin said the young­sters re­lated to So­cial Bite’s busi­ness ethos as it is based on a sim­i­lar model to the school’s Kin­lochlovin’ en­ter­prise, so they de­cided to do­nate £123.50 raised at a haunted house event in the school and a dress down day to the cause.

She added: ‘ Our pupils were re­ally taken by the idea that £ 5 would pro­vide a Christ­mas din­ner for a home­less per­son in Scot­land. As al­ways, our young peo­ple have done us proud. They raised enough for nearly 25 din­ners and hope­fully made 25 peo­ple feel a lit­tle bit more cared for on Christ­mas Day.’

Zoe Cuth­bert, from So­cial Bite, wrote to thank the school for its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Schools for So­cial Bite cam­paign and said: ‘We couldn’t have done this with­out your sup­port. Please pass on a mas­sive thank you to the pupils for all their hard work.’

Emma MacFa­tridge, Ash­leigh Car­son and Dani Tay­lor with a cheque for So­cial Bite

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