Ro­tary Club kids win praise from mayor in cer­e­mony

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Kristina Cur­tis

A spe­cial cer­e­mony has been held to welcome new ju­nior mem­bers to Ash­ford Ro­tary Club.

Pupils from thwe town’s St Mary’s and Phoenix pri­mary schools have joined as part of the Ro­taKids club which is aimed at seven to 12-year-olds to en­cour­age younger mem­bers to join Ro­tary.

The young­sters are taught to be fair to all, serve their com­mu­nity and show re­spect to oth­ers.

Their re­cent projects in­clude col­lect­ing for Chil­dren in Need at Ash­ford rail­way sta­tion, rais­ing money for a Shel­ter­box to pro­vide shel­ter and tools to dis­as­ter ar­eas and plant­ing pur­ple cro­cus bulbs at Ger­lach House in Ken­ning­ton as part of Ro­tary’s com­mit­ment to erad­i­cat­ing po­lio.

The cer­e­mony to welcome sev­eral new mem­bers to both clubs took place at St Mary’s and was hosted by deputy head, Mrs Heather Grady.

Also present were the Mayor and May­oress of Ash­ford, Cllr Win­ston and Mrs Doreen Michael, Ro­tary Dis­trict Youth Chair­man Steve Hanks, Ash­ford Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Steve Parkin, to­gether with sev­eral mem­bers of Ash­ford Ro­tary Club, teach­ers and par­ents.

Fol­low­ing a welcome and good luck mes­sage to all Ro­taKids from Mrs Grady, who has looked af­ter the St Mary’s club since its in­cep­tion sev­eral years ago, the Mayor stated how much he had en­joyed talk­ing to the chil­dren who had so much en­thu­si­asm for fu­ture fundrais­ing.

He added he thought Ro­taKids was a great idea and he will do what he can to cham­pion new clubs in other Ash­ford schools.

The Ro­tary Club held an in­duc­tion for the new ju­nior mem­bers

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