Ardnamurchan High pupils win £3,000 for hospital transport project

(Front) Voluntary Action Lochaber representative, Bryan Gregg (L), and S3 pupils, (L-R) Emma MacLachlan, Isabella Sutherland, Alex MacKinnon) present the £3,000 cheque to Jane Gaze. (Behind) All S3 pupils who took part and championed their local charities. Photograph: Patricia Kennedy

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Now in its fourth year, the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) run by Ardnamurchan High School had students present on local social issues to win £3,000 for a chosen charity addressing that issue.

In small groups, S3 students prepared and presented a presentation to a panel of judges and representatives from local charities.

This year, the programme ran as an inter-disciplinary project between RME and English, RME focusing on the social issues and English the content and presentation skills.

The eight charities represented were: Lochaber Hope, RNLI, Strontian Men’s Shed, West Lochaber Hospital Transport Project, Lochaber Women’s Aid, Ewen’s Room, Lochaber Foodbank and Shopmobility Lochaber.

The panel took almost an hour to deliberate and decided on the group championing West Lochaber Hospital Transport Project, as the winners.

Voluntary Action Lochaber representative Bryan Gregg (left) and S3 pupils Emma MacLachlan, Isabella Sutherland and Alex MacKinnon present the £3,000 cheque to Jane Gaze of West Lochaber Hospital Transport Project. Photograph: Patricia Kennedy

Isabella Sutherland, Alex MacKinnon and Emma MacLachlan delivered an interactive, informative and thought-provoking presentation which won a much needed £3,000 for the charity to the delight of the representative.

A representative for Ardnamurchan High School said: ‘Despite the challenges of the snowy weather which resulted in some absence and some technical problems on the morning of the event, the pupils were magnificent and rose to the occasion.

‘All the hard work and nerves were worth it as every group gave clear, well thought-out and emotional presentations which were all worthy of winning the money for their charities.

‘It was an excellent event with a deserving winning group but the most important thing is that awareness has been raised with regard to all the charities represented who do such amazing work in our local area. A huge well done to all our S3 pupils who made us very proud.’