Williamwood High kids give Good Causes a helping hand

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Williamwood High School pupils have talked their way to a £3,000 cash boost for East Renfrewshire Good Causes.

The charity — which funds good deeds for the area’s most vulnerable — is £3,000 the richer thanks to the school’s participation in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

The YPI encourages school groups to research a local cause and, using team work, present the case to The Wood Foundation, which principally funds and manages the programme in Scotland.

Russell Macmillan, founder of East Ren Good Causes, offered heartfelt thanks.

The ex-Williamwood pupil told The Extra: “I would like to thank the school and all of the pupils taking part — and my heartiest congratulations to the winning team.

“Loving your neighbours in your own community is a valuable part of a student’s education, and I would like to thank Williamwood for setting this example.”

He added: “In East Renfrewshire, we have so much hidden need, from the families staying in temporary homeless flats and houses to adults and kids with special needs, MS and cancer and pensioners with dementia.

“ERGC will ensure that this £3,000 is used to bring in matched funding, which could mean as much as £9,000 of extra resources being spent in many a street near your, or even pupils at Williamwood or other schools within East Ren.”

Marc Falconer, principal teacher of pupil support, said: “The boys fully deserved their success. They worked extremely hard and made the effort to visit and talk to members of the charity, which came across in their excellent presentation.

“It was important to us that we recognised charities in the local area and the initiative helped to raise awareness to pupils in the school.

“There were nine other finalists who all worked extremely hard and I hope that everyone will take something from this initiative, and perhaps continue to support these charities in the future.”

A video of the Williamwood team’s winning presentation is available at www.ergoodcauses.co.uk.