Article by Clare Fullarton

Kind senior pupils at Greenwood Academy gave a charity a much-needed boost.

The pupils were taking part in the final of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) organised by the Wood Foundation Trust.

YPI is an active citizenship programme empowering young people to make a difference in their local community.

North Ayrshire Foodbanks co-ordinator, Craig Crosthwaite, said: “This will make a huge difference to young people who face hunger and we will now be able to support our summer programme.”

The girls’ head teacher Christine McGuire said: “The judges at the school had a very difficult decision in picking the winner of this fantastic initiative because all of the pupils worked extremely hard in their chosen cause. Their enthusiasm has been infectious and I am delighted that the YPI has had such a positive impact on the school community and our local community.”

Meanwhile Provost Joan Sturgeon, who was at the presentation, said: “I am very encouraged by the level of research the pupils have carried out. They have shown real maturity and understanding into the issues affecting citizens in their area as a result of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

“I am particularly pleased that the North Ayrshire Foodbanks is the beneficiary of the initiative on this occasion.

“Supplies have been running at an all-time low and £3000 will help replenish the empty shelves of this much-needed charity and turn the fate of North Ayrshire’s most vulnerable families around for another
while longer.”

This article by Clare Fullarton first appeared in the Daily Record Online Edition on April 7, 2016 and is reproduced with permission.

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