Big Noise for YPI

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

The final was held on Tuesday, 8th of March and pupils Lucy Smith, Bertie Whiteford, Molly Young, Robbie Wilson and Holly Strandberg impressed the judges with their entry.

They visited their charity last month and made a film which they presented to an audience of S3 pupils, staff, parents and charity representatives – as well as the panel of judges.

The Big Noise, Govanhill, aims to improve children's quality of life and educational outcomes in the Govanhill area by providing free musical tuition.

The judges, Senior Depute Rector Mr Martin, Deputy Rector Mrs Fergusson, Chairman of the Board of Governors Prof Brian Williams, Mrs Tooth, Head Boy Jack Leslie and S6 pupil Catriona Bruce, were unanimous in their decision.  

The YPI programme has been running at Hutchesons' for five years and this year 198 schools took part across Scotland. It is intended to give pupils first-hand experience of how philanthropy works by encouraging them to visit local charities they have chosen themselves. It also improves their presentation skills.

YPI representative Lynn Raynal presented the winning pupils and charity with the cheque.

Three other groups made it to this year's final. They were:-

Iqra Ali, Zainab Arfan, Amna Akram and Imaan Abdul-Quayum who worked with the homelessness charity Emmaus. (3A)

Hafsa Mahmood, Tia Mansbridge, Abbie McCorquodale, Amy McHarg and Melissa Maillie who made a presentation about Touched by Suicide, a charity that supports those bereaved by suicide. (3E)

Ava Milton, Rucha Ronghe, Sophie Redpath, Claudia Nashef and Emily McLellan. They had worked with the Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust. (3F)

Congratulations to the winning students and their charity and well done to all the other pupils involved – a fantastic achievement.

To see more pics from the event go to Hutchesons' Flicker

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