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The Northern Times teams up with Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland to launch the Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award


By John Davidson

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Young people across Sutherland who have shown themselves to be positive citizens could be in line for a special award.

The Northern Times has teamed up with the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland to promote the Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award.

The award celebrates the achievements and commitment of inspiring young people in Sutherland aged between 12 and 14 inclusive.

They aim to showcase and celebrate the positive citizenship and important responsibilities assumed by many young people.

We are looking for young people who enjoy giving a helping hand – whether it be at home, at school or in the community.

The winner of the annual Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award will receive a certificate and a prize of £300 at a ceremony at Dunrobin Castle in Golspie.

One half of the prize – an Amazon voucher for £150 – is for the recipient and the other half for a local Sutherland charity of the recipient’s choice.

Eilidh Amos from Kinlochbervie High School was the inaugural winner of the Sutherland Young Citizen of the Year award in 2018. She was presented with her award by Lord Strathnaver (now Earl of Sutherland, Chief of Clan Sutherland) alongside Catherine Galvao, from TYKES, the local charity chosen by Eilidh to share her prize. Now the award is being relaunched with support from the Northern Times.
Eilidh Amos from Kinlochbervie High School was the inaugural winner of the Sutherland Young Citizen of the Year award in 2018. She was presented with her award by Lord Strathnaver (now Earl of Sutherland, Chief of Clan Sutherland) alongside Catherine Galvao, from TYKES, the local charity chosen by Eilidh to share her prize. Now the award is being relaunched with support from the Northern Times.

Nominations can be made from schools, family members or friends and neighbours, with the permission of the child's parent or guardian.

The awards are managed by a subcommittee of the Council of the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland (CSSS), whose headquarters are at Dunrobin Castle.

Mark Sutherland-Fisher, president of CSSS, said: "All too often we hear only criticism of young people and forget the wonderful contribution to society so many of them make and at a remarkably young age.

"The Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland aims to highlight such outstanding young people from across the county with this award.

"Launched in 2018, Covid has delayed us moving forward. We are delighted that the Northern Times has agreed to partner us in this award.

"The 'Raggie' has been at the centre of our communities for generations and together we will laud the good work being done by the next generation."

John Davidson, content editor for the Northern Times, said: "The award is a fantastic opportunity to recognise a young unsung hero from Sutherland who is quietly helping out their family, community or school.

"We are delighted to be involved in this initiative from the Clan Sutherland Society and look forward to hearing the stories of what our fine young people are up to in order to make a real difference to other people's lives."

To nominate any young person you know who has, in your opinion, made a difference to the well-being, happiness and confidence of others or to the enhancement of the environment of their community, visit www.clansutherland.org.uk and download a nomination form.

The completed form should be returned to info@clansutherland.org.uk

The nomination deadline for the Clan Sutherland Young Citizen Award is June 3, 2022.


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