Free youth festival organised by young ambassadors team

Young Ambassadors CLAN Walk

A group of teenagers has organised a free youth festival to take place at an urban sports facility this weekend

The CLAN Young Ambassadors are hosting their first free Youth Festival at Transition Extreme on Saturday 9th November at 10am-12pm, giving young people the chance to win prizes, try out sporting challenges and to raise money for CLAN Cancer Support.

Made up over 40 young people aged 12 to 17, the CLAN Young Ambassador group members donate their time to raising awareness of CLAN and helping with fundraising. The group includes a number of young people whose families have been directly affected by cancer and who have themselves accessed CLAN’s children and families service.

The first CLAN Young Ambassador festival has been organised by the young people themselves with each of them securing donations for raffle prizes, toys, chocolates and sweets. The main aim of the event is to raise money for CLAN, however, the young people have also gained skills in areas of business development, relationship management and communication during the planning and implementation of the festival. There will be a variety of stalls on the day as well as a sponsored ropes course challenge taking place. Prizes include vouchers from Mackies, trampoline and ice skating vouchers, fashion vouchers and voucher for afternoon tea at Raemoir Garden Centre.

The group, which formed earlier this year, was brought together to promote friendship and encourage young people to help to shape the future of CLAN, while developing useful life skills and experience. Many of the Young Ambassadors are volunteering with CLAN as part of the Duke of Edinburgh and Saltire Awards.

Kellie Strachan, CLAN Cancer Support centre manager, said: “The festival is the first of many events planned by our Young Ambassadors, which will both help inform more young people about CLAN and raise much-needed funds. We know that young people respond well to other young people, so it is fantastic that these boys and girls are prepared to give their time to help support CLAN and the work it does – and have lots of fun doing so!

“The youth festival will be a fun morning offering everything from hair braiding to hip hop sessions and will be run entirely by our young team. Entry is free and everyone is invited, with small charges for some stalls.

“Already the Young Ambassadors have supported many CLAN fundraising events. They were 12 marshals at the CLAN walk in September, helping to keep everyone safe and we look forward to the team members being involved in CLAN on a wider level.

“We are still looking for more Young Ambassadors and members do not need to have had a previous association with CLAN or have been affected by cancer.”

Linzi Harrow, Transition Extreme project coordinator said: “Transition Extreme is delighted to be hosting the CLAN youth festival. It’s a great opportunity to work alongside another fantastic charity and the young ambassadors using extreme sports to promote physical activity and positive change in people’s lives.”.

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