Ellon Academy recently played host to the school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, which provided a boost for North-east charities.
Funded by the Wood Family Trust, the YPI is an annual event designed to help introduce pupils to the concept of fund-raising and charity work, providing charities with the chance to win up to £3000.
Pupils from S6 worked in groups to research and contact local charities they wanted to support.
They found out what the money would be used for, and then made a presentation detailing why their chosen charity deserved the support.
Initial presentations were made in front of fellow pupils, who picked eight charities for the final.
Judges, chosen from the local community, were Gareth and Suzanne Jones, local philanthropists who have supported the Academy’s YPI in the past, Glynis McClymont, former depute rector at the school, Lynne Masson, a college lecturer teaching the S6 psychology class, Cat O’Brien, the school’s YPI co-ordinator, and S5 pupils Max Poole and Olivia Sinclair.
The winning charity was Aberdeenshire Women’s Aid, an organisation that helps support women and children suffering from abuse.
The group was awarded £3000, which is being spent on new support staff and improving their resources.
Grant Macleod, a member of the group supporting Aberdeenshire Women’s Aid, said: “It was a brilliant feeling to be able to give such a large amount of money to such a wonderful cause.”
Second place charity, Cairn’s Counselling, won £2000, while runners-up Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, MBEEDS, and Butterfly
ForRest all received £1000.
The Wood Family Trust was established in March, 2007, by Sir Ian Wood and his immediate family.