Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Ryan McLaughlin wins Child of the Year Award

Earlier this year the Committee considered a petition calling for a review of the guidelines on vitamin D supplementation for children and pregnant women. The petitioner, Ryan McLaughlin, launched his Shine on Scotland website and a video on YouTube to support his campaign to raise awareness of MS. On the day the Committee considered his petition, Ryan led a march of over 500 people down the Royal Mile to the Parliament. The Committee members were really impressed with the work which Ryan had done through his campaign, but what made this work even more impressive was that Ryan was only 14 years old!

That is why I, and the other members of the Committee, were delighted to hear that Ryan had won Child of the Year at the Bighearted Scotland Awards ceremony. On behalf of the members of the Public Petitions Committee, well done Ryan on your award. You've certainly done a great job so far.

Frank McAveety MSP, Convener Public Petitions Committee


  1. Thank you to all the members of the petitions committee for taking up my fight for the prevention of MS in Scotland, I look forward to returning to the parliament on the 3rd of November - this time i'll try and keep the noise down.

    Kindest regards

  2. Thanks Ryan. Look forward to seeing you again on the 3rd. I'll keep my ears open for you arriving!
    Fergus, Clerk to the PPC