Cash windfall for schools

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FOUR schools from the local area have each won £3000 to donate to charity after participating in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

The grants were awarded at a one-day celebration at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday, June 19, when the Wood Family Trust hosted their annual YPI National Event for the 80 participating Scottish schools (24 from Aberdeen City and Shire).

Cults, Alford, Westhill and Banchory Academies all each won the sum, donating their grants respectively to Friends of Hazlewood (Cults), the Stuart Andrew Lawtie Memorial Fund (Alford), and HorsebackUK (Westhill and Banchory) - Aboyne Academy is also taking part in the YPI programme but has not yet completed it.

Olympic Gold medal rower Katherine Grainger CBE and award-winning Scots singer Sandi Thom, were on hand to entertain and encourage the pupils at the Perth event.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is a programme of the Toskan Casale Foundation in Canada, now in its fifth year of delivery in Scotland, having engaged over 25,000 pupils across Scotland and distributed £624,000 to local charities since its launch by the Wood Family Trust.

Speaking at the Perth event, Chairman of the Trust Sir Ian Wood said: “This celebration marks the end of an exciting year of growth for YPI. Over the last five years, we have invested more than £1.1 million in developing YPI to become a programme of national significance within youth citizenship education. Young people across Scotland have grasped the challenges offered by YPI to build skills and effect change in their communities. They take their role as our next generation of responsible citizens very seriously. This event is an opportunity to thank them and celebrate the achievements of all those who are making YPI Scotland such a success.”