Young Scot, the national youth information agency for Scotland, has announced that Megan MacDonald from South Uist was the proud recipient of the environment award and overall winner at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2011, in association with The Co-operative Foundation.
Megan MacDonald, 14, from South Uist scooped the Environment Award and later on the night picked up the overall winner of the Young Scot Awards 2011. The teenager is closely involved with a campaign spearheaded by Oxfam Scotland to encourage action on climate change, including work to encourage the go-ahead for a barrier to hold back the rising Atlantic. The campaign Megan has been involved in has recently been awarded £100,000 from the Postcode Lottery to get more volunteers involved in combating climate change.
Megan MacDonald said: “This has come as such a big shock to me. I was just doing what I enjoy, so to have my efforts realised is an amazing achievement.”
Young Scot has worked in partnership with the Sunday Mail for the last five years and 2011 saw a record number of entries, recounting the achievements of young people from across Scotland.
The Awards showcased ordinary young people, aged between 12 and 22, who have made a positive impact to their local or wider communities, and young people who have been an inspiration to Scotland and its people.
Over 600 guests attended the glittering awards ceremony held at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on 7th April, which was hosted by Clyde One DJ, Romeo.
Guests including Alesha Dixon and Greg McHugh were treated to a packed evening of entertainment as the evening’s line-up saw X-Factor favourites, Olly Murs and Shayne Ward wow crowds with spectacular performances.
Three finalists were shortlisted within each of the 13 categories ranging from sports to health, enterprise, community and volunteering.
From this strong list of finalists, the judging panel faced a tough decision in selecting one outright winner for each category.
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “The Young Scot Awards are simply an amazing and humbling experience.
“We are honoured to have this great opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s young people.
“The finalists of the Young Scot Awards only reflect the tip of the iceberg as there are thousands upon thousands of young Scots who are contributing to communities across the country in all sorts of positive ways.
“Their achievements show that Scotland should be proud of its young people and the difference they make.”
Bruce Waddell, Editor-in-chief of the Daily Record & Sunday Mail said: “We are proud to help honour the extraordinary talent and achievement of these exceptional young Scots.”