Rotary works to boost local causes
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.