Morgan’s prestigious award for commitment to his community

Morgan Morris, second left, at the #iwill ambassador presentation
Morgan Morris, second left, at the #iwill ambassador presentation

Socially-conscious Colinsburgh teenager Morgan Morris has earned a top accolade for his dedication to the people around him.

He is now one of just three young people in Scotland with the prestige of being an #iwill ambassador.

Along with other recipients, #iwill, a national campaign which promotes social action, honoured Morgan for his commitment to finding time to help others.

The S4 Waid Academy pupil is an active member of his local community and his school.

The Mail also featured Morgan during the summer when he finished second overall in Scotland in the national Inspire>Aspire poster competition.

This led to a week’s work experience as a social media intern with Cupar-based Character Scotland, which runs the competition.

His colleagues there, plus his religious and moral education teacher at Waid, decided to nominate him for the #iwill ambassadorship, in recognition of his social activism in school and his community.

Delighted to receive the award – and committed to his #iwill pledge – Morgan said: “I love being part of my local community, both in my spare time and at school. I live in a village and, every week, I check with my neighbours to see if anyone needs a hand.

“I’ve also been involved in various local projects – from the Colourful Colinsburgh campaign, where I’ve planted tubs to make our village a nicer place to live, to setting up a worm farm, to baking for the local Colinsburgh Flower Show, all in between having a part-time job! I often hand out leaflets about events going on in the village to help bring the community together too.

“I often volunteer at school as well, helping organise events when we have visitors, and running charity events such as discos on a regular basis. I’ve made it my goal to inspire as many other young people as I can to follow my lead in making a difference by helping their young and elderly community become more of a connected place.”

Morgan said the adult who inspired him to do social action was Kate McKenna, chairman of Colourful Colinsburgh. “From there, I took what I’ve done outside school in to school life, where I help when we hold public events,” he added.