On Monday night Kirkintilloch High School student Cameron Gilmour presented young people at Glasgow Disabled Scouts with a cheque for £3,000 after winning a competition as part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
The team of students from Kirkintilloch High School spent weeks researching our charity, preparing a presentation and pitching the benefits the funding would bring to the Scouts to their fellow students. A further round of presentations in the final stage saw the team representing Glasgow Disabled Scouts chosen as the winner.
Cameron, 16, who also volunteers with the Disabled Scouts each week said:
“I am delighted to have won this cheque for £3,000 for Glasgow Disabled Scouts.
“The support from my school has been fantastic and the opportunity to represent this group and to present to the school the work of this amazing charity has been a privilege. There was a number of worthy charities which were represented in the competition where groups of S5 pupils chose a charity they felt deserved to win.
“Being part of the volunteers already working with the scouts on a weekly basis, I shared information with my team members about what we do and the activities we provide. I then spoke to the Scouts themselves and their parents to find out what they thought and the difference Scouts makes to their lives.
“We presented our case to the rest of the school and judging panel, winning through the class stage and then the final. I thought all the finalists deserved to be there but I’m glad the vote of the judges went towards us as it will make such a difference to the activities we can provide. None of this would be possible without the help of Kirkintilloch High School, the Wood Foundation and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative so a massive thanks to all of them.”
Michael Shanks, lead volunteer Glasgow Disabled Scouts added:
“The students at Kirkintilloch High School did an outstanding job representing the Scouts and we are delighted their hard work paid off.
“With the support of the students, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the Wood Foundation we will now be able to provide even more activities for young people with disabilities”.
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.
To date, YPI Scotland has engaged more than 140,000 students, providing them with the essential skills and confidence to grant over £3.2 million to hundreds of local charities. The programme is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation.