‘I have had one of the best afternoons of my life! Last year two great teams from Lenzie Academy tried to win £3000 for Cathleen’s Cabin through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. Both teams did a marvellous job and because of their efforts I met two charities who could nominate folk to come to Cathleen’s Cabin and 32 people got a holiday this year because of these teams. This year I have been contacted by teams from Bishopbriggs, Boclair and Kilsyth Academies and Kirkintilloch High. Thanks to the teams at Lenzie Academy, I understood YPI and what was needed to help teams prepare their project and found ways of meeting up with these four new schools. A million thank yous.
I met four young men at Bishopbriggs Academy who got through to their school’s YPI Final – Thomas, Ross, Ross and Ross. What awesome, confident young men! One of the Rosses took himself off to Dunoon one Saturday, unbeknown to me, and was amazed at the tranquillity of Dunoon and its views as well as the fantastic facilities at Hunter’s Quay Holiday Village. He experienced what so many families have said about the peace they find during their stay.
The five other teams spoke about some really amazing charities and two touched my heart greatly. I have now spoken to both of them and we will be offering holidays to them next year. So, just like last year at Lenzie Academy where I was introduced to two other amazing charities, we will be able to help even more people create happy memories or find peace to cope with a bereavement. A big thank you to all the teams for letting me know about these fantastic charities.
What happened next was that these four amazing, caring young men gave such an impassioned talk that they won the £3000 grant which they presented to me for Cathleen’s Cabin.