S4 pupils secure YPI grant for Living Well Project

Robert Gordon’s College and Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland are pleased to announce that this year’s charity securing the £3000 donation grant from the RGC YPI Event is The Living Well Project, presented by judges Mr Macpherson (Head of Robert Gordon’s College), Morrna Holmes (Former Pupil and Corporate Tax Senior Associate), Derek Rettie (Former-Pupil and Managing Director of Retcare Ltd) and Billy Robb (Customer Service Director for Serco NorthLink Ferries).

In preparation for the event, the winning team, whose members consist of Bailey, Joseph, Carey, Elijah, Yassine, Hana and Lewys, researched and visited their charity’s base in order to truly get to know the cause, as well as working on their presentations. Hana, a member of the team, when asked about the preparation process, said that “We just prepared a lot as a group, we even practised throughout the entirety of lunch.”

In the heats, each team gave pitches to the judges via powerpoints, posters and videos, in an attempt to move their cause on to the final. By the end of the day, six teams were chosen to move on and in the final round of the event the judges announced the winner. Mr Macpherson, speaking on the winning charity, said that “They scored consistently, they had a personal engagement, a clear business plan - we couldn’t really fault them at all.” And as for the team themselves, one member, Yassine, said that they were “ecstatic” that they won the event, and that they were looking forward to working with The Living Well Project in the future.

The Living Well Project is a local aberdonian charity dedicated to supporting older people who suffer from loneliness and dementia, by providing them a befriending support service and opening cafes to socialise in. 

To find out more and learn how to donate to their cause, visit The Living Well Project’s website. 

By Olivia G (S4)