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Dingwall Academy pupils land £3000 boost for trailblazing Muir of Ord-based MOO Food project throygh Youth and Philanthropy Initiative win


By Hector MacKenzie

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Ruairidh MacLellan, Logan Jankowski, Matthew Laidlaw and Callum Laurence with (left) Sheila Wickens and Karen Henderson.
Ruairidh MacLellan, Logan Jankowski, Matthew Laidlaw and Callum Laurence with (left) Sheila Wickens and Karen Henderson.

PERSUASIVE pupils who know their onions have dealt a welcome £3000 boost to a trailblazing Ross-shire food charity.

Dingwall Academy pupils Ruairidh MacLellan, Logan Jankowski, Matthew Laidlaw and Callum Laurence impressed judges of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), a scheme set up by the Wood Foundation which puts young people in charge of charitable giving.

After extensive research, the team chose to champion MOO Food in Muir of Ord, a local initiative which has reduced food waste and pioneered the use of sharing cupboards across the Highlands.

Their presentation was live-streamed to classes around the school as they put the case for the group, which has also established a community orchard, grow boxes and the Casserole Club. It was the sixth year that the secondary has taken part and in that time pupils have helped disburse tens of thousands to good causes on their doorstep.

The team highlighted some of the challenges the well-regarded group has faced in lockdown.

MOO Food chairwoman, Karen Henderson, said: “We were so impressed by Ruairidh, Logan, Callum and Matthew, who worked fantastically well together to produce the presentation about MOO Food.

“They put a lot of effort in to understanding who MOO Food are and what we do. We were so pleased when they phoned to say they had won! We want to say a huge thank you to these young men.

“We will use this money for things like keeping our sharing fridge running and continue planting in the grow boxes around Muir of Ord, which provides free food for everyone in the village to help themselves to.”


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