Nine groups of students from Year 10 battled it out on Friday last 3 March in the final of the YPI charities event with the winning group receiving £2000 for their chosen charity. All the groups presented excellent pitches for their respective charities and the preparation, enthusiasm and commitment to their individual causes was admirable. After deliberating for some time due to the quality of the presentations the judges decided to award this year’s cheque for £2000 to ‘The Can’ which is a local Ballymena charity which supports people with both learning and physical disabilities. ‘The Can’ has a facility situated in the People’s Park in Ballymena and they operate 5 days per week and provide a bespoke venue for some 250 potential clients who use the facility as a social centre where they are given friendship support and respect. The students in the winning Year 10 Lurig group were Maria McCann, Ciaran Agnew, Joseph Agnew and Siannah McKeown. The judges were very impressed by the research and personal input which reflected some of the basic local issues which confront those people in our local community who have learning or physical impairments. The group go onto represent the school at a prize giving ceremony in Belfast in June when all the N.I. winners will be present.