The presenters and the panel
Third year pupils from all five secondary schools in Inverness have been researching and creating passionate presentations. They presented why their chosen charity should receive a £3000 donation from HOE, part of the Capital group.
Alex Main, HOE’s Sales Director, had previously sat on the judging panel of both the Culloden Academy and also Charleston Academy YPI finals, respectively. At Charleston, he shared a panel alongside HOE’s ICT Manager John Robertson, and Capital Document Solutions Founder & Managing Director Tom Flockhart, to name but a few.
Flower of Scotland
The judges at the Charleston YPI final collectively decided on the Crocus Bereavement Group as the winning charity. Crocus is an organisation that was set up to provide emotional support through peer group sessions and also empowerment for bereaved children.
The very first final, which was held at Millburn Academy, saw special needs touring charity Seagull Trust Cruises announced as the winners, with local charity Mikey’s Line, a text support point, receiving the second £3000 donation at the Culloden Academy final.
A worthy cause
Alex, delighted at being involved in such a rewarding initiative, said:
“This investment enables young people from across Inverness to get close to the big issues that affect our community here. It also directly supports a number of small, local charities. It’s great to see the levels of engagement and active research that all students have undertaken with their chosen charities.”
Sir Ian Wood is Chairman of The Wood Foundation and is delighted to be collaborating with HOE, and added:
“Over the last decade we’ve established a number of strong partnerships with like-minded funding partners. Together we support programme growth and also sustainability. We look forward to working alongside Alex and the Highland Office Equipment team as YPI continues to develop and embed across the city.”
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This story on HOE support for local schools’ philanthropy has also been published in The Inverness Courier, The Press & Journal, and Highland News.
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