Generous Portlethen pupils attend YPI event in Perth

The Portlethen group  attended the event with their teacher Ian Cunningham. The pupils are L-R: Melissa Tavendale, Jack Dinnie, Noah Methven, and Pedro Pereira.' picture by fraser band.
The Portlethen group attended the event with their teacher Ian Cunningham. The pupils are L-R: Melissa Tavendale, Jack Dinnie, Noah Methven, and Pedro Pereira.' picture by fraser band.

Three local secondary schools have donated a total of £9000 to local charities through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.

Mackie, Portlethen, and Mearns Academies took part in the programme during the 2013/14 academic year.

They were invited to join over 100 other participating schools from Scotland to collectively donate a total of £324,000 to small Scottish charities.

Portlethen Academy donated £3000 to Cornerstone (the Portlethen branch), Mackie Academy gave the same amount to the RNLI (Stonehaven branch), and Mearns Academy’s equal share went to K&D Befriending.

Pupils from over 100 Scottish secondary schools attended Perth Concert Hall last week for a day-long event recognising the philanthropic success and engagement of almost 15,000 Scottish secondary students, who have been responsible for directing a total of £324,000 this academic year to local grassroots charities they feel passionately about.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is a programme managed and delivered in 108 secondary schools in Scotland by the Wood Family Trust, an Aberdeen based charitable foundation established by Sir Ian Wood and his family in 2007.

The celebration last Wednesday welcomed winning teams from last year, including Portlethen, as well as charity representatives and a number of special guests.

Alongside Sean Conway and Nina Nesbitt, an inspring showcase of engaging and informative YPI highlights were performed by a selection of students from across Scotland.