Posted on January 17, 2016

The Gordon Schools, Huntly.
The Gordon Schools, Huntly.

The latest instalment of a popular charity challenge that has helped raise thousands of pounds for a range of worthy causes has been launched.

The Jasmine Charity Challenge is a private sector funded initiative organised by Jasmine Holdings that gives secondary school students in north-east Scotland the opportunity to engage in enterprising activities.

This year’s challenge was recently launched with a kick-off event at Jurys Inn, Aberdeen, with pupils from Northfield Academy, The Gordon Schools, Huntly Academy, Kemnay Academy, Banff Academy, St Machar Academy and Torry Academy in attendance.

The format this year has been revised, with pupils at the launch event encouraged to pitch their ideas to a select panel comprising of Stephen Hepburn, head of business and private banking at Clydesdale Bank, Mary Holland, membership network manager at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Jasmine Holdings group’s own Danny Cowie and Debra Christie, fundraising and business development co-ordinator at AFC Community Trust.

Each team got a chance to explain which two charities they had chosen and shared some of their early fundraising ideas before taking questions from the panel. Students are encouraged to raise a minimum of £1000 for their chosen charities, with Jasmine Holdings providing an additional £250 donation to each.

Danny Cowie, group managing director of Jasmine Holdings, said: “This year’s Jasmine Charity Challenge has taken on a slightly different format with the introduction of our panel who will be available for help and support throughout the team’s fundraising journey; to have Stephen, Mary and Debra on-board is fantastic and will give the schools a chance to benefit from advice from Aberdeen’s business community.

“The stories shared from the teams are always inspiring and this year was no different, with a range of worthy causes being selected. I wish them all well in their fundraising challenge throughout the remainder of their school year and look forward to receiving an update soon.”

The chosen charities for this year’s event are STV Appeal, Red International, Networks of Wellbeing, Grampian Children’s Research Fund, CLAN Cancer Support, Mary’s Meals, CLIC Sargent, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Charlie House, VSA Young Carers, Befriend a Child and Horseback UK.

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