a new dawn - a vision of hope

Interact members aim to change perception of young for the better

Copyright Tavistock Times, Thursday, 23 May 2013

THEY'RE 'smooth operators' at the recently formed Tavistock Interact Club!

The new club received its charter from Rotary International last week and its 13 members - from Kelly and Tavistock colleges - were congratulated by Rotary District Governor John James.  He said they had organised the club and identified projects that will benefit both the local community as well as those overseas.  He also thanked Tavistock Rotary Club's Emma Dobson for helping to set up the Interact Club.

Interact's 'Rock the Bike' scheme was launched during the evening.  It involves a donated exercise cycle fitted with an attachment to make 'smoothies' in a fun way and will be used at community events to raise funds for Interact projects.

Interact Club president Flo Rogers, a Kelly College sixth form student, gave an overview of the club's formation and details of its activities.  These include a litter-pick and home visits to the elderly at Christmas.

An early project to send books to schools in?Serbia has been shelved until an economic way of shipping the consigment can be found.

Instead, the club is concentrating on the Rotary Literacy scheme and hopes to raise the £275 cost of a box containing sufficient educational aids for 25 children to receive a basic education.  These are sent to deprived areas in Africa.

The message came across loud and clear that young people are often given a bad name in the community and they would like to change this perception.

The club is open to anyone from the ages of 12 to 18 - and more members are needed. If you would like to join Interact, contact club secretary Molly Bolding on;  interacttavistock@gmail.com.