Ro­tary works to boost lo­cal causes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotarycorner -

Much of the work of Ro­tary Clubs re­volves around sup­port­ing groups in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. St Iv es Ro­tary Club do­nated £850 to Thorn­down Pri­mary School in their town so chil­dren could make use of the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Class­room vis­it­ing their school.

Life Ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides a safe en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to learn about health and drug ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

It is an ex­cit­ing in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence based around chil­dren learn­ing to look af­ter them­selves, de­vel­op­ing healthy life­styles, and dis­cov­er­ing just how spe­cial their bod­ies are.

As Year 4 teacher An­drea Mur­phy­ex­plained: “Chil­dren from Years 4 and 6 vis­ited the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre over a two day pe­riod and they have all been chat­ting about sensi- ble choices, which is fan­tas­tic to hear.”

The Life Ed­u­ca­tion Class­room is an in­ter­est­ing con- cept. It takes the form of a large self-con­tained trailer which vis­its schools.

Chil­dren us­ing it are taken out of their nor­mal en­vi­ron­ment to spend time in the LE class­room. Mem­o­rable lifeskills ses­sions are fun, en­gag- ing and mem­o­rable.

Chil­dren meet Harold the Gi­raffe pup­pet (‘Healthy Harold’) and his friends, have dis­cus­sions and learn about healthyeat­ing, le­gal andil­le­gal drugs and their ef­fects on the body and how it works.

They are told their choice of friends and how they be­have can have an in­flu­ence on their fu­ture dreams and as­pi­ra­tions.

In a na­tional sur­vey 90 per cent of chil­dren said what they learned will help them in the fu­ture.

This is a good ex­am­ple of Ro­tary Clubs work­ing to­gether to help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Whilst other lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs help fundthe­ac­tual up­keep of the class­rooms, mem­bers of St Ives pro­vided the money for their lo­cal schools to use it.

Ram­sey Ro­tary de­cided to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the St Thomas a Becket Church Re- fur­bish­ment Fund.

Mem­bers recog­nised the rapidly in­creas­ing use of the Church fa­cil­i­ties by the many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups hold­ing events there dur­ing the year.

With the help of a Ro­tary Match­ing Grant they were able to add£2,000to the fund.

This funded the pur­chase of a host of kitchen and toi­letry uten­sils, in­clud­ing a cooker.

The re­fur­bish­ment has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment for peo­ple us­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Deep­ings Ro­tary pre­sented The Deep­ings Health Cen­tre with a Cheque for £600 to pur­chase much needed equip­ment, in­clud­ing a new spiro me­ter, which will ben­e­fit about 3,000 pa­tients in the prac­tice.

“We’re for Com­mu­ni­ties.” The above are just of few of many ex­am­ples of Ro­tar­i­ans mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

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