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CalMac helps Harris pupils secure Action for Children funding

Budding young philanthropists from Harris have won £3,000 for charity thanks to a partnership with CalMac and the Volunteer Centre Western Isles.

Pupils at Sir E Scott school in Tarbert, Harris, were supported by the ferry company and the volunteer centre through their engagement in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

The winning group of Eilidh Macdonald, Isla Scott, Ellie-Ceit Johnson and Emma Macsween identified mental health, poverty, abuse and disabilities as the social issues most effecting young people in their community won a £3,000 award for the Action for Children Stornoway branch.

Gordon McKillop, CalMac's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said: "Young people are increasingly more aware of social issues and the effect on the lives of people in their communities. YPI is a wonderful example of partnership working and we are proud that our people support the young people involved progress through the programme and make a difference in their local area."

Suzanne MacAulay, Volunteer Centre Western Isles Manager, said: "We are delighted to continue to facilitate the YPI programme in schools across the islands in partnership with CalMac on behalf of the Wood Foundation. A huge well done to all staff and pupils in Sir E Scott on their impressive presentations this year."

Alex Reid, YPIs National Coordinator, added: "Congratulations to Sir E Scott's winning team for securing funds for Action for Children. We thank CalMac for their continued support in empowering young people to lead change.

"YPI is all about empowering and engaging young people to understand their role within their community and the ways in which they can make a difference while developing their own personal life skills."

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