Rotary Club spreads its wings

2018-05-15 06:00

The Rotary Club of Claremont plans to extend its community programmes by adding a pilot project for the World’s Children’s Prize.

This was announced after a club member attended the World’s Children’s Prize awards ceremony last month.

Jean Wilke from the Rotary Club of Claremont says they are currently in discussions with Rotary District 9350, which encompasses the Western and Northern Cape, Namibia and Angola, together with the Rotary District in Sweden, to explore funding models and a potential pilot project for the World Children’s Prize in Namibia.

She says that based on the great concept learned from their trip, they want to reach out much further.

She recently travelled with Idols 2017 winner Paxton Fiellies, Zintle Kati and Simbongile Sam to Sweden, where they performed at the awards ceremony of the World’s Children’s Prize. At the ceremony they interacted with an international audience and even mingled with Queen Silvia Sommerlath.

“I will definitely be looking at how we can work with them from a Rotary perspective. I am passionate about music and arts and will be looking at working with the children on two fronts, to see how we can incorporate them into projects that protect girls’ rights, and by keeping them in touch with the organisations that went overseas, such as the Jazz Yard Academy,” says Wilke.

They reportedly returned with a mandate to fight for girls to have equal rights to boys in their communities.

According to a statement, the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation educates and supports children in acting as change makers, standing up for compassion and the equal worth of every individual, children’s rights, democracy and sustainable development.

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