Club­bing to­gether and help­ing oth­ers

New school group will fundraise for char­i­ties

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A group of school pupils held the first meet­ing of a new club – and im­me­di­ately set about help­ing oth­ers.

The Ro­tary Club of Pais­ley in­vited young peo­ple at Pais­ley Gram­mar School to set up an ‘ In­ter­act’ or­gan­i­sa­tion in a bid to mir­ror its own work.

And one of the first things the new club did was to sup­port Scot­tish Ac­tion on Men­tal Health (SAMH).

Diane Mitchell, as­sis­tant gov­er­nor of the Ro­tary Club of Pais­ley, said: “This is like ro­tary for se­condary schools, so they ap­point their own pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent, chair, sec­re­tary and trea­surer.

“We had the of­fice bear­ers there and the or­di­nary mem­bers as well.

“We’re go­ing to get them badges so that they feel more of­fi­cial.

“And they talked about what char­ity they were go­ing to sup­port, so they de­cided on SAMH, the men­tal health char­ity.

“They are go­ing to sup­port both a com­mu­nity and an in­ter­na­tional char­ity, and they started with the com­mu­nity one.

“So, they were dis­cussing ideas for fundrais­ing such as a ceilidh and other events like that.”

The In­ter­act group will go back to its next meet­ing with other ideas and de­cide on fundais­ers they are go­ing to or­gan­ise.

Mrs Mitchell added: “They are hope­fully go­ing to get teach­ers in­volved as well.

“They were very en­thu­si­as­tic, very keen. They are go­ing to meet ev­ery week for con­ti­nu­ity.”

In­ter­act will be a great way of help­ing the young peo­ple ma­ture, Mrs Mitchell added.

“They’ll get lead­er­ship skills and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills.

“It will boost their con­fi­dence and es­teem, all of the pos­i­tive health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits re­ally,” she said, adding:

“Also, when they even­tu­ally go for jobs, and they’ve been in the po­si­tion of an of­fice-bearer in an or­gan­i­sa­tion like ro­tary – it’s a pos­i­tive thing for them.

“They all spoke at the meet­ing and gave their ideas. They are a great bunch.”

They are go­ing to sup­port a com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional char­ity

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