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RotaKids do ‘welly’ well for the RNLI!

RotaKids do ‘welly’ well for the RNLI!

RotaKids from a South Wales primary school have been busy fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

The RotaKids at Whitchurch Primary School near Cardiff invited volunteers from the RNLI station at Penarth to come to the school to give pupils a talk about the work of the lifeboat service.

The RotaKids had already held a fun event at the school disco and raised £32.50 in two hours.

RotaKids’ President, Reuben Turpy, presented a cheque to the Chair of the RNLI Penarth station, Laurie Pavelin.

In addition, President Michael Sant presented a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Cardiff Breakfast.

The RNLI presentation included a film of rescues at sea and one of the volunteer crew then dressed up in full kit in a record time of 48 seconds.

The children’s wellies ready to collect pennies.

Following this, the RotaKids decided to organise a fundraising week. Bright RNLI yellow wellies were placed in each classroom with the aim of filling them with pennies.

RotaKids collected all the wellies from each class and poured out a mountain of pennies. A staggering £1000.48 was collected to support the RNLI.

Michael Sant said: “A huge ‘thank you’ to the RotaKids for organising this event and to all the pupils in the school for giving so generously to support this worthwhile charity.”

RotaKids is an exciting way for youngsters aged 12 and under to lead and engage in important, lively activities that will make a positive difference in their school, local community and globally.

At the same time, RotaKids develop the ability and confidence to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective citizens both now and in the future.

RotaKids is sponsored by a local Rotary Club in or near the town in which the school or group is located. It is chartered through Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland.

As citizenship is part of the school curriculum this is an opportunity for Rotary to support and expand the work already happening in school.

The decisions made always involve RotaKids. Jobs for fundraising or service projects can be divided up between the class in lesson times and this develops teamwork.

Rotary is committed is to offering young people opportunities to unlock their potential.