Saturday Cafe is a winner

Five pupils from Form 3C won this year’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) and their chosen charity the Saturday Café will now receive £3,000.

Blair Hughes, Callum Gow, Rachael Highet, Eve Keirs and Alicia Brooks impressed the judges with their presentation at the final on Wednesday.

The pupils gave a very engaging talk on why the Saturday Café deserved to be awarded the prize money. They spoke about the work the charity does and the difference it makes to people’s lives.

The Saturday Café offers short break recreation activities for disabled children, promotes social integration, health and well-being and aims to make a positive impact on their lives.

The YPI programme has been running at Hutchesons' for eight years and it gives pupils first-hand experience of how philanthropy works by encouraging them to visit local charities they have chosen themselves. It also improves their presentation, research and time management skills.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors Professor Brian Williams, Rector Mr Gambles, Depute Rector Mrs Fergusson, Mrs Windows and Mrs Tooth came to a unanimous decision after hearing from all six groups in the final.

A representative from the Wood Foundation which supports the Scotland-wide initiative presented the pupils and representatives of the Saturday Café with a cheque for £3,000.

Well done to all the pupils who took part in this year’s YPI initiative.

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