Youth still a focus for Rotarians

2015-06-30 06:00
Colin Burke, new president of the Rotary Club of Newlands, with outgoing president Wybe Meinesz.

Colin Burke, new president of the Rotary Club of Newlands, with outgoing president Wybe Meinesz.

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Colin Burke, the new president of the Rotary Club of Newlands, has vowed to keep youth projects on his top list throughout his term.

Burke was inducted as the new president for the Club’s 2015/2016 year at a prestigious gala dinner hosted at the Wild Fig Restaurant on Friday last week.

Sharing his goals, he says he is excited and looking forward to being president. The youth will continue to be his main focus.

“The youth have always been a major focus for the Rotary Club of Newlands; we are fortunate to have so many projects that involve young people. Early childhood development programmes, such as the project in Masiphumelele, will remain high on our agenda for the year,” he says.

The Rotarians will continue to support the ongoing training of emergency fire and disaster volunteers and to encourage youngsters to join them by way of classes being held in schools in the far south.

Burke adds that the incoming Rotary International president, Ravi Ravindram’s, theme for this year is “Be a gift to the world”. The Newlands Club will embrace this theme as the members know how to give and have fun in doing so.

“To quote Ravi, ‘Every one of us has something to give – whoever we are and whatever our place in life’. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities and our effort. We can give our dedication and our devotion. Through Rotary we can make these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in the world,” he says.

“This Club is always looking for projects to support, we never sit still. There is, however, one such project that I would like to consider this coming year. Sport is a great leveller; we all know how it helps with the education of our youth. It teaches them discipline and fair play and of course keeps them fit. My goal is to build a sports centre where a number of sports can be taught and encouraged with active participation from the community and possibly other Rotary clubs,” concludes Burke.

The Rotary Club of Newlands welcomes those who are interested to join. V

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