All S3 Pupils at Kinlochleven High School have been taking part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative this year, sponsored by the Wood Trust. The project encourages us to understand the important work of local charities in our community.
In small groups we had to choose a local social issue charity that was OSCR registered. The whole of our year group worked together in groups. There were seven groups in total and each group had to research, visit and speak with the people from their charity. Visiting our charities gave us a much greater understanding of the work they do in our community. We were given lesson time but also used our own time to research and prepare for the presentation.
On the day of the final we presented to first, second, third year, teachers, charity representative’s and most importantly a panel of judges. It was very nerve racking as we all wanted to do well and show the charities we had chosen that we care passionately about them. The charities represented were Newstart Highland, Kinlochlovin’, room 13, Lochaber Council on Alcohol, the Leven Community Centre, The Salvation Army and Lochaber Hope. Everyone did a great job giving their presentations and answering the judge’s questions.
We were second to present and it went very well though all of us were extremely nervous. Our group, Morgan Nicolson, Holly Mackenzie and Freyja Ward spoke about Kinlochlovin’ . Kinlochlovin‘ is a charity and social enterprise which supports all young people in our school to have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. After a long wait we were told that we had won the £3,000 for our charity.
Afterwards we were very happy and surprised. It became very surreal that we had won, going up to hold the cheque and having Mrs Machin, our head teacher and Mrs McBride the history teacher and Kinlochlovin’ representative started crying with joy. All three of us had worked so hard to achieve something we would be really proud of, and to win was such a rush.
Morgan Nicolson Holly Mackenzie and Freyja Ward