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SOUTH­PORT and Formby Ro­tary Clubs and clubs across the coun­try are hold­ing youth com­pe­ti­tions.

The com­pe­ti­tions are run lo­cally, then re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally, giv­ing our young peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to be recog­nised for their suc­cess.

This week we fea­ture the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award (RYLA) can­di­date spon­sored by South­port Ro­tary Club.

Eve Rim­mer from Christ the King School was cho­sen ear­lier in the year and at­tended the Arthog Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre near Bar­mouth on the Welsh coast back in Au­gust.

She pre­sented to the Ro­tary Club lunch meet­ing with an ex­cel­lent pow­er­point pre­sen­ta­tion about her course.

This was part of her pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing how the course had helped to de­velop her skills and self aware­ness and built her con­fi­dence.

“Be­fore RYLA, I thought I had my­self sussed. I thought I knew every­thing there was to know about my­self.

“That I was ner­vous around new peo­ple, that I was afraid of heights and not com­fort­able or con­fi­dent enough to take con­trol of chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions.

“I’ve since learned that the past me was a stranger to the per­son I am post-RYLA.

“My group, we were the green team, or as we called our­selves, “life gets bet­ter” had a real range of per­son­al­i­ties, which I think helped us all click so well from the beginning.

“As we found out later on in the week from the Bel­bin team role pro­files, there were lots of peo­ple nat­u­rally more suited for lead­er­ship and au­thor­i­ta­tive roles within the group.

“How­ever, we were all aware this course is fo­cused on lead­er­ship so were keen to share roles evenly to make sure ev­ery­one had a chance to de­velop.

“The first evening, groups were pit­ted against each other to lower a rod whilst hav­ing ev­ery mem­ber of our team touch­ing it at the same time.

“This proved to be a lot more dif­fi­cult than we were ex­pect­ing. In the end we took six min­utes longer than any other group.

“But we worked well as a team and ev­ery­one en­joyed them­selves whilst we sub­con­sciously slot­ted into our nat­u­ral roles within the group.

“We re­alised that the rea­son we all got on so well was that we all re­spected each oth­ers’ be­liefs, per­son­al­i­ties and abil­i­ties.

“Like I said be­fore, we had many peo­ple very ca­pa­ble of con­fi­dently putting ideas across and ex­plain­ing why their plans should be fol­lowed.

“But we also had mem­bers that were qui­eter but just as valu­able.

“I’m thank­ful to the Ro­tary Club for al­low­ing me to meet and be­come friends with these amaz­ing and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple I never would have had the chance to meet.

“I’m also thank­ful for the fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties given to us in the shape of the ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided daily.

“I es­pe­cially en­joyed the gorge walk­ing and min­ing days be­cause not only were they com­pletely dif­fer­ent to any­thing I or any­one on the course had ever done be­fore, but be­cause they also pushed a lot of peo­ple out of their com­fort zones.

“And to see our big group of 40 en­cour­ag­ing each other and trust­ing peo­ple we’d only met five days pre­vi­ously, was some­thing re­ally spe­cial to wit­ness.

“When I got back home af­ter RYLA, my friends asked me how it was, and I hon­estly didn’t know how to re­spond.

“I tried ex­plain­ing ev­ery way I could, but you can’t use words to ex­plain the ex­pe­ri­ences I gained, the friend­ships that were formed and the con­fi­dence I found.”

The next event open to the pub­lic is our Young Mu­si­cian ini­tial heat on Novem­ber 20 at All Saints Hall, Park Road, South­port start­ing at 7pm.

If you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing e-mail Chris Wood on cjd­

Next we have a fairly new to South­port and Formby area Ro­takids Club for chil­dren in pri­mary schools.

En­light­ened pri­mary schools are ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion and set­ting up new Ro­takids Clubs with their lo­cal Ro­tary Club as spon­sor.

Please contact your lo­cal club now for in­for­ma­tion.

Li­naker Ro­taKids Club, spon­sored by the Ro­tary Club of South­port Sun­rise, re­cently or­gan­ised a suc­cess­ful ‘Penny Walk’ at Li­naker Pri­mary School.

Pupils were in­vited to bring some small change to school and lay the coins around the play­ground.

The event, which raised more than £150, is the first of sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties that the Ro­taKids are plan­ning in sup­port of ‘Lit­er­acy in a Box Trust’, a char­ity which pro­vides much needed ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als to the chil­dren of Zam­bia.

Once all the coins were laid each class took turns to walk the line and re­flect on the jour­ney made by their less priv­i­leged coun­ter­parts in Zam­bia, most of whom have to walk many miles to school each day.

Pres­i­dent Michael Har­ri­son far left pre­sent­ing a cer­tifi­cate to Eve Rim­mer with head­teacher of Christ the King James Lan­caster and mother of Eve, Sue Rim­mer

Li­naker Ro­taKids Club, spon­sored by the Ro­tary Club of South­port Sun­rise, re­cently or­gan­ised a ‘Penny Walk’ at Li­naker Pri­mary School

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