Tain pupils 'cheque in' to local charity with handy £3000 boost
PUPILS at an Easter Ross school who gave a local charity the best possible start to 2019 with a £3000 boost popped in to visit the beneficiaries of their efforts.
The Tain Royal Academy S2 pupils, Joe Gardiner, Johnie Beattie, Noah Walkington, Jamie Munro and Torran McCann, were part of a Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) project which challenges young people to research and then pitch for cash support for a cause close to their hearts.
The YPI challenges young people to research and then pitch for cash support for a cause close to their hears.
The boys chose the Seaboard Cares charity which is involved in a number of projects for people of all ages in the villages of Balintore, Hilton and Shandwick.
They were one of five groups to make a presentation proving why their charity deserved the £3000 prize.
The charity, which is currently sounding out interest in sing and sign sessions aimed at young mums and their babies, caters for a broad age range and also runs dance classes and monthly drop-ins for people who don’t get out much. It’s also on hand to provide food parcels to the elderly in difficult weather conditions.
One of its volunteers, June Dingley, said she was delighted with the effort of the Tain pupils who had also spoken with some of the charity’s service users before making their successful pitch.
She said the fact that Seaboard Cares is a local charity working with a broad range of age groups had helped the boys make a strong case.
She said: “The £3000 will be very handy and we would love to keep the boys involved. We’re very grateful to them for their efforts.”
She said she would like to see the link continue with a view to attracting more volunteers to help with the charity’s community work.
The winning team was then invited to Skibo Castle’s Carnegie Club for a guided tour to hear all about the philanthropic activities of Andrew Carnegie.
The YPI is sponsored by the Wood Foundation and Carnegie Club and is run in several Ross-shire schools.