Charities highlighted at Academy

INVERURIE Academy held their finals evening for the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative on Wednesday, (March 13).

Thursday, 21st March 2013, 4:00 am

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative saw teams of S3 pupils research social issues in the community and create engaging and persuasive presentations on local charities they feel are best placed to tackle the issues they are passionate about.

On Wednesday evening the six finalists teams made a presentation in front of an audience and panel of judges in support of their local charities, with one team in-line to be awarded a cheque of £3000 t to grant towards their chosen charity.

The judges on the night were: Linda Evans (Rector), Dr Pauline Stephen (Head of Service, Integration and Inclusion), Dr Paul Schlicke (Hon. Sec Parent Council) and Kieran Buxton (S6 pupil, charities committee). All the groups gave informative and creative presentations on the night, including films, magic, quiz show, house building and other varied activities, making the judges’ decision a difficult one, but the team representing the Archie Foundation, Rachel Urquhart, Francesca Walker, Lucy Adams and Imogen Watt, were the worthy winners.

The money raised will buy a nippy clearway portable unit. The NIPPY Clearway is a “pressure controlled machine which stimulates an involuntary cough response from patients who ordinarily have difficulty clearing their lungs through coughing.” The unit actually costs £3200 but the girls approached the school’s charities committee before the finals evening and got their commitment to come up with the £200 shortfall through one of the school fundraising dress down days. This also means that the whole school have been involved in helping to buy this unit along with YPI funding.

Also on the evening was a number of displays showing the work of the charities researched by other pupils in school who did the programme but did not get into the final. The idea was to raise awareness of the work of all the charities in the community that the pupils were involved with. The ‘Friends of Anchor’ display got a special mention, but the winning display went to the group who created a display on the work of Gordon Dementia Services Inverurie. Pupils will receive a certificate.

During the evening, along with the presentations from the six teams there was also a musical interlude which included some of the talented pupils from the Academy, Louise O’Rourke and Philip Bayman played a duet on fiddle (accompanied by Mrs Linda Moggach), Mollie Ruck solo on bass guitar, Hannah Foubister on Timpani and Julia Hart who played guitar, and sang a song she wrote herself.

The Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an interactive citizenship programme which aims to empower young people by giving them the skills and the social awareness required to elicit positive change in their local community. Together pupils work in small teams to consider the issues which affect their local community. The teams then investigate and select the grassroots social service charity who they believe can make a positive contribution towards change.

YPI is operated and funded in Scotland by the Wood Family Trust. Sir Ian Wood, Chairman Wood Family Trust, said: “YPI is an outstanding and rewarding UK schools project. It has now distributed £1million to a large range of small charities across the country, but what has proven more important is the impact it has on the young people involved who get their first exposure to the many problems faced by their communities and the role philanthropy can play.”