Pupils pitch perfect for YPI charity grant

A group of S4 pupils successfully secured a £3,000 grant to donate to AberNecessities following a successful Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland (YPI) final pitch presentation. 

As part of this year’s virtual format, Senior School pupils in S3 and S4 worked together in groups to create video pitches which were streamed to a pupil audience along with judges Emma White, illustrator Johanna Basford and S6 pupil Laura Wilox.

The winning group consisted of Alistair, Amira, Anna, Darcy, Harry and Oyenmwen who used a mix of statistics, illustrations and case studies to demonstrate how AberNecessities helps families across the North-east. During their 7 minute pitch, the group focussed on birthdays and highlighted to the judging panel how the £3,000 sum would help the charity give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a positive birthday experience.

Revealing the results of the competition, Miss Clyne, Teacher of Modern Languages said: “The judges commended on their creativity, polished editing skills and also their clear business pitch detailing how the £3,000 would be spent - I am sure you will agree they were very worthy winners!”

Olivier, Ceri, Rebecca, Zoe and Caitlin also took part in the finals of the competition and despite not winning, they made a contribution to their selected charity CALICO. Rallying around their families, the pupils raised £100 to fund a Rainbow Trail which helps children through their Cancer and Leukemia treatment journeys. 

In an email to the charity, the pupils shared: “We really felt that we wanted to give something back, in a way to recompense you for the time and energy you gave up to help us put our project together.

“We wish CALICO all the best of success in the wonderful work you do. It was a real pleasure to learn about your charity.”

To watch the full pitch presentation and learn more about AberNecessities, visit the College’s YouTube Channel.