The YPI Scotland 2017 event was held in the Perth Concert Hall yesterday (Wednesday June 21) with young people from Lewis and Harris involved.

YPI – Youth and Philanthropy Initiative – is a structured curricular programme, designed for secondary schools, and centred on “youth voice, youth action and youth philanthropy.”

Marion MacInnes, Service Manager for Lewis and Harris Services of Alzheimer Scotland said there were “great presentations from the different groups, talented musicians and inspirational speeches.”

She said she was really pleased to have been part of this through the Sir E Scott School and the Nicolson Institute groups that won their presentations.

She said: “We are grateful for their ongoing support with fundraising and awareness raising for Alzheimer Scotland,” as well as the £3000 that each group donated as a result of YPI Scotland.

The Nicolson Institute held its third annual YPI final on Tuesday 6th December.  As part of the Religious and Moral Education course all S5 pupils were involved with YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative).

The finals featured seven teams whittled down from an initial 25 participating groups. Each group had to choose a local charity and compete against one another to win a £3000 prize.

At the beginning of this competition the entire S5 – more than150 Pupils – were involved and 15 different local charities were represented. By the final, there were two groups representing Alzheimer Scotland, two groups representing the RNLI, two groups representing Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support and one group representing Western Isles Women’s Cancer Support.

The finalists produced very convincing cases for their charities and used a variety of different media. There were videos, PowerPoint presentations and even a short play.

In the end the winners were Leah MacKay, Jessica MacDonald, Lia MacDonald, Shannah MacKay and Ellie MacIver who made an outstanding video presentation about their engagement with Alzheimer Scotland. The girls became heavily involved with the local branch of the charity. They helped to run a coffee morning that raised more than £400. They spent time with service users at the day centre in Stornoway where they ran a T-shirt designing activity. They also entertained service users and volunteers with a display of Highland dancing.