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South Bromsgrove High School Interact Club – Service Achievements

South Bromsgrove High School Interact Club was chartered in March 2019 and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bromsgrove.

Our members were mentored by a Rotarian and learned valuable committee skills to brigade our planning. All members developed their self-confidence, leadership and public speaking skills in communicating with and engaging other students in school to contribute to our work. Several members derived further valuable learning and development through participation in a RYLA residential weekend organised by District 1060.

In our first year of operation our Club Council chose two service projects, locally the Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove caring for people with life limiting illnesses and supporting their families. Our international focus led us to select a school in Arusha in Tanzania which teachers at our school had visited previously and supported in its development.

Amongst our fundraising activities the Club ran a coffee morning to benefit the local Hospice.

We were visited by the New Life Band from Tanzania and raised funds jointly with the musicians for the school in Arusha by staging a music concert in school. Interact members led the front of house arrangements and sold refreshments and craft items transported from Tanzania to augment the monies raised. One of our Club members supported the sound and lighting requirements for the concert.

As the senior Interact members depart the school to take up further and higher education and work opportunities they do so as more rounded and confident individuals with a better understanding of what works well in the world when we join together in support of others less fortunate than ourselves. Several have enrolled as Friends of the local Rotary Club in continuing association with Rotary and are considering Rotaract membership. Those Interact members still at school believe strongly in ‘Service Above Self’ and have embraced new deserving good causes at home and abroad, and there is fresh potential in our new Club members.

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Interact Club members serving refreshments at a fundraising concert in school.

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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

The Rotary Club of Bromsgrove is pleased to be able to support the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust with a donation of £200. Dame Ellen’s charity is the chosen local charity this year of our District Governor Tim Bushell. The charity supports young people aged 8-24 years to rebuild their confidence after treatment for cancer through sailing and adventure.

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Support for WaterAid

WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation focused on the provision of clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene behaviour change, and advocacy with governments and utilities. It has established programmes in some thirty different countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our Club is very pleased to be able to support WaterAid with a donation of £500 as part of our international focus.

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Bromsgrove Food Banks – A Donation

Our members recognise the difficulties created for individuals and families in our communities by the current public health situation. We have been successful in obtaining a match funded grant of £750 from our Rotary District 1060 and have donated £500 each to The Basement Project Food Bank and to those operated by Catshill Baptist Church and New Starts.

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