Forres Academy student wins Outfit Moray Outstanding Contribution Award

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Faith Kenyon receives her award from President Claire Alldritt.

A FORRES Academy student has won the annual Outstanding Contribution Award from the Outfit Moray charity in Lossiemouth.

The Outdoor Learning and Adventure Youth Charity presents its David Smailes Award for Outstanding Contribution at its AGM and this year’s award was won by young volunteer Faith Kenyon.

Faith (16) started volunteering with Outfit Moray this year and found herself there from the start.

Volunteer Coordinator Karen Cox said, “Faith has already racked up over 50 ‘days of work’.

“She is a pleasure to have with her and a much appreciated addition to the Outfit Moray family.

“Her instructors said she gets along well with the youth and families we work with and is familiar with all the equipment.

“Her skill level in all aspects and her impact as a volunteer is particularly important given that she is only 16 years old.”

Outfit Moray lead instructor Kirsten Petrie added, “Faith is happy to get involved and always shows up with a smile.

Faith Kenyon, student of the Forres Academy.
Faith Kenyon, student of the Forres Academy.

“She loves to apply herself to any activity and is so enthusiastic about outdoor sports and the work we do with young people.

“She has a lot of potential to be an amazing instructor in the future and next year we can hopefully give Faith opportunities to work through her Paddlesports Instructor and Paddlesports Leader awards.”

Outfit Moray President Claire Alldritt explained the significance of the award, adding that Faith was a suitable winner.

“Outfit Moray is absolutely delighted to present this award to Faith in recognition of her incredible efforts, commitment and dedication to Outfit Moray,” she said.

Faith Kenyon in action.
Faith Kenyon in action.

“David Smailes was our volunteer CFO on the Board of Directors for almost five years until his death in 2017.

“As a legacy, he left a donation to use as we see fit, so we decided to create an award in his name, to recognize and celebrate the commitment of others to Outfit Moray.

“This is an award for outstanding contribution that is intentionally left as an open category to reflect the wide variety of ways staff and volunteers work to achieve the goals and objectives of Outfit Moray.

Lil Kenyon, Faith’s mother, said her daughter has gained a lot by volunteering with the charity.

“I am so grateful to Outfit Moray that she had this opportunity,” she said.

“Since she started, she has gained confidence and independence. She has matured so much thanks to her volunteering.

“It is a great experience for her to work with all the instructors and the different clients participating in all the activities.”

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Outfit Moray, visit www.outfitmoray.com/volunteering.



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