Over 40 young people from the local area recently joined over 9,400 others to attend The Ultimate Event at Alton Towers, this was the culmination of months of hard work of local youngsters which involved them raising over £3000. The whole project takes around 6 months to organise and starts with a fresh committee of young people each year, this allows them to develop a huge range of skills as they coordinate accommodation, travel, fundraising events such as Bag packing, a Car wash, 24 hour Fast, and local projects. The Fast, held in the Aberfeldy Church centre, is particularly intensive as it involves a host of workshops that challenge young peoples attitudes and values, as well as building up their self-esteem and confidence.
“We started organising young people to go to this event 5 years ago,” Franny McGrath youth work coordinator for The Aberfeldy Parish Church of Scotland, told Comment: “16 attended the first one, and it has grown in popularity over the years as not only do the young people see the benefits for themselves but so do local people and businesses”.
He continued: “The event has now become one of those ‘must do’ experiences each year for so many. Combining some of the best contemporary Christian music artists with the rip roaring rides of the UK ’s premier theme park, this truly is the ‘Ultimate Day Out’.
A huge big thank you to Tayside Fire and Rescue, Aberfeldy Co-op McKenzie Strickland Associates, K & K Allstaff and local people for their kind generosity with sponsors and donations.