A team from S3, Sgoil Lionacleit have managed to turn £10 into almost £400 to help a good cause. The girls are taking part in the nationwide Tenner Challenge which aims to give young people a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur- and to give back to society.

The S3 team, Catriona MacLeod, Rhianna Gordon, Katie MacLennan, Mairi MacIntosh, Kayreen MacLeod, Joanna Walker and Fiona MacDonald got baking with their friends and family to sell treats at a Bake Sale at school last week and at a coffee morning in Balivanich Hall, Benbecula today (pictured below). st jeromes coffee morning balivanich March 22 2014

Having served around 100 customers today, the girls look to have made a total of almost £400 for the other side of the challenge- to give back to society. The money will be donated to St Jerome’s Orphanage in Kenya, run by former pupil Gemma Steele of South Uist, herself recently nominated as an Unsung Hero in the Young Scot 2014 awards.

Fiona MacDonald, student, 24 March 2014

The girls said they had really enjoyed the challenge. Rhianna said: 'It was the teamwork. It was hard work, but fun.” Fiona said: 'You don’t realized how much planning and responsibility is involved, down to the smallest detail of how much butter you need.”

They all agreed the experience had encouraged them to do more. Catriona said: 'It was good doing something to help other people. It didn’t feel like a chore.”

They expressed their thanks to Roddy MacKay of Custom Prints who made their St Jeromes T shirts, to the Balivanich Hall committee for allowing them to use the hall, and to Gordon MacDonald and Lynne MacMillan, their mentors at Include-Us, the Comhairle initiative to encourage entrepreneurship in young people.

Main picture from left to right: Mairi MacIntosh, Catriona MacLeod, Joanna Walker, Rhianna Gordon, Fiona MacDonald.

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