Local schools in charity donations

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Two local schools held their Youth and Philanthropy (YPI) on Tuesday, November 24 and raised £6000 to be donated to two charities.

Mackie and Mearns Academy held their YPI final on the same evening, and are donating £3000 to Aberdeen Cyrenians and Friends of Carronhill respectively.

Mackie’s winning group was made up of S5 students Amber Blanksma, Fraser Park, Katy Townsend and Poppaea Watt.

They impressed the judges with a video they created portraying domestic violence against men and women, to highlight the work done by their chosen charity Aberdeen Cyrenians.

In total, Mearns Academy has directed a total of £24,000 to grass-roots charities through the YPI charity since they began participating in 2008.

The judges were said to have a hard choice between the six represented teams, the others being: Friends of Anchor, Archway, the Teapot Trust, Pillar Kincardine and CHAS.

Mearns’ winning group was made up of S6 pupils and their charity, Friends of Carronhill, is made up of parents, staff and friends of the school who raise funds to support it.

Mearns Acandemy has been taking part in YPI since 2009 and has now raised a total of £21,000 for local charities.

YPI Scotland is a programme run through by the Wood Foundation, Sir Ian Wood’s philanthropic charity.

During 2015/16, 195 Scottish secondary schools are set to participate in the programme, resulting in a total of £585,000 being donated to local charities.

Small groups are formed, where pupils research a charity and create an impassioned presentation for the funding.