Youth equipped to make a difference

2015-08-25 06:02
During the Rotary Interact Training session the young minds explored different ways to make a difference in their community.

During the Rotary Interact Training session the young minds explored different ways to make a difference in their community.

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Close to 200 excited young minds shared their ideas to make a difference in their communities at the recent Rotary Interact Training workshop hosted at SACS Junior School. The fun-filled knowledge sharing session was hosted by the Rotary Club of Wynberg and was represented by 28 Interact-, 18 Rotary- and seven Rotaract Clubs from across the Province.

During the course of the fun-filled knowledge sharing day, the Interactors from 28 Rotary Interact Clubs engaged with one another to share ideas on how to make a difference in their communities.

There were a plethora of topics shared including an inspiring motivational talk by Stacey Rehbock about their 12 x 12 Challenge; this year they have committed to run a half a marathon a month for a year to raise awareness and funds for a variety of causes. They shared their experiences to date, the projects they have already made a difference in, as well as the fun they are having in serving others. This goes to show that funds can be raised through a variety of fun and different ways; what better way to link it to a hobby and something you enjoy doing.

Lydia Zingoni from SA Teen also encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit in the youngsters. Entrepreneurs also presented exciting opportunities for the Interactors to learn more about the all-important world of entrepreneurship and how to incorporate these skills in their own clubs and school.

Other topics discussed included the Shelter Box and Sleeping Bag project, promoting peace, fighting disease and providing clean water. The aim of the Sleeping bag project is to produce low cost plastic sleeping bags made from fully recyclable materials, which are then supplied to people living on the street. These sleeping bags are made by using newspapers, durable industrial plastic and packing tape. The motivation behind utilising these materials is that it is durable, hygienic, water resistant, has insulating qualities and provides a wind break

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