Members of Grantham’s two Rotary Clubs have recently returned energised and inspired from a busy district conference in Southport where we heard presentations from some amazing young people.
Ben McBean, a 24-year-old Afghanistan veteran who, despite losing an arm and a leg in an explosion, has overcome his injuries to become a TV presenter and a motivational speaker. Joe Keir, an 18-year-old doing his A-Levels has somehow made time to become a member of the Youth Parliament, run a youth café, volunteer with his local Beaver colony and take part in conservation work at home and abroad. Not surprisingly he was one of the winners of the 2011 RIBI Young Citizen award.
We do not have to look far to find more amazing young people and Rotary can help them to achieve their full potential. Our two clubs recently sponsored Abigail Pretlove and Alex Gabriel to take part in RYLA – the Rotary Youth Leader Award. Over the years the Grantham Rotary Club has run competitions to find the Young Writer and Young Chef of the Year and will shortly be running Young Entertainer, Young Photographer and Young Graphic Designer Competitions. The Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club will once again be hosting two Youth Speaks Competitions for 11-18 year olds, giving young people a public platform to have their say about issues that they feel passionate about and is also planning a Children of Courage Lunch to recognise young people who overcome adversity to do their best.
If you would like to find out how you can become involved in Rotary youth activities, contact David Burr on 01664 464234 or Irvin Metcalf on 01476 570800.
by Marion Strange and Peter Berry