THE RO­TARY CLUB OF CHURCH AND O/TWISTLE: RO­TAKIDS

Accrington Observer - - CLUB NEWS -

THE youngest mem­bers of the Ro­tary fam­ily are the Ro­takids clubs.

The chil­dren are usu­ally the year 5 stu­dents, and so ev­ery year a new group take on the Ro­takids man­tle.

Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary have a num­ber of very ac­tive Ro­takids clubs, one such be­ing at St Andrew’s Pri­mary School.

The new Year 5 group are tak­ing on the chal­lenge of be­ing Ro­takids with great en­thu­si­asm.

The Ro­tary ask that the pupils com­plete one in­ter­na­tional project and at least two do­mes­tic projects dur­ing their year, and St Andrew’s have al­ready de­cided on their first ones.

They have de­cided to sup­port a project called ‘Bikes 4 Africa’.

The chil­dren raise funds to en­able a char­ity to re­cy­cle old bi­cy­cles, which are then sent out to Africa to be used by chil­dren who would oth­er­wise have to walk many miles to get to school.

Each bike that they spon­sor has a plaque screwed on to it which tells the re­cip­i­ent who spon­sored their bike, along with a mes­sage from the chil­dren in the UK. In or­der to raise funds for this project, St Andrew’s are go­ing to hold a toy sale and bake sale at school.

The toy sale is to be held on Novem­ber 15 and the school would be very happy if any­one could do­nate good qual­ity toys, chil­dren’s books or DVDs for the sale.

St Andrew’s is on Spring­field Street in Oswaldtwistle, and any con­tri­bu­tions can be dropped off at re­cep­tion there.

On the do­mes­tic front the chil­dren are ask­ing peo­ple to send in to school bar codes from York­shire Tea prod­ucts, which can be ex­changed for wheel­chairs for dis­abled peo­ple in Africa.

They also hope to sup­port a lo­cal char­ity ‘Only Foals and Horses’ in the new year.

Cath Heap, Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary Ro­takids co­or­di­na­tor said: “Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary are ex­tremely proud of the way that the Ro­takids at St Andrew’s have risen to the chal­lenge of com­plet­ing their Ro­tary tasks.

“Along with fundrais­ing for good causes, they have also taken on board the im­por­tant idea of work­ing within the community by bulb plant­ing, and hope to be in­volved later in the school year in tree plant­ing and lit­ter pick­ing.”

Any school which would like to be­come a Ro­takids school can con­tact Cath Heap, the Church and Oswaldtwistle Ro­tary Ro­takids co­or­di­na­tor, at cath­heap57@gmail.com.

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