In front of an audience of students, parents and charity representatives, seven teams of S3 students delivered their presentations in hope of securing the £3,000 for their chosen charity. All around the room were stalls that students had also created, with information about the seven charities. Mark Beaumont, who secured his latest World Record last year by cycling the length of Africa, was joined on the judging panel by Councillor Band, Fred Alexander (Rotary), Linda Watson (former Deputy Head) and Regan Andrews (an ex pupil who participated in the first year of YPI at Pitlochry High who is now back at school as a modern apprentice).
The seven charities represented were: CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), TCCL (Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia), Macmillan Cancer Support, SCAA (Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance), Happy Highlanders, Corbenic Community Campus, and British Heart Foundation.
All seven presentations were very strong, with creative animations included in many. It was clear a lot of work and determination had been put into each and every presentation. Every single charity name was brought up during the judging process with the tough decision coming to a close as the judges decided on the team representing the British Heart Foundation as the winners. The team, made up of Callum Steven, Emma Mullin, Lia Scott, and Charlotte McIntyre, spoke about their involvement with the British Heart Foundation and its Heartstart programme currently in their school. These courses teach CPR and emergency life-saving skills and the winning team have been involved in volunteering with the primary section of their school to help enhance their sessions. One of the team members also spoke about her connection with heart issues as her younger brother had open heart surgery and will require regular check-ups and the requirement to be near a defibrillator for the rest of his life. The £3,000 was planned to go towards the local Heartstart programme.
Jonathan Christie, YPI Scotland Manager said:
“The work the winning team are already undertaking in partnership with the British Heart Foundation is incredible. Their understanding of the charity and how the issue of heart disease affects the lives of so many people across Perth & Kinross was excellent. However, it was their experience of championing their cause across the school and wider community, and leading on a programme of life saving education with students in the lower school, that set their presentation out from rest. That said, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such a tense and tight judging process in all my years of involvement in YPI. I cannot praise the staff and pupils at Pitlochry High School enough. What they are achieving through YPI is invaluable, and to see the manner in which YPI has grown and developed in all secondary schools across Perth & Kinross speaks volumes about the ethos and culture that has been nurtured within schools and wider communities.”