Members who volunteer to assist at Sailability at Watermead Country Park spent the morning learning the correct ways of moving and handling handicapped sailors in and out of the special dinghies. Mosaic provides disability services and the Sailability project aims to give disabled people the opportunity to sail a dinghy or learn how to sail a dinghy. The Leicester Club provides volunteers on a weekly basis to help provide this service.
Young Musician Final
Moira Bartlett did a fine job organising this event held at the Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 19th March 2017. There were children aged from 7 up to 17 singing or playing a variety of instruments and displaying a high degree of competence and confidence throughout the day. Katie Marshall closed the event with a superb Senior Vocal Solo, singing Mozart’s Voi Che Sapete followed by Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria.
The final for 2018 will take place in Market Harborough at the Robert Smyth Academy on Sunday 18th March.
Young Chef competition
We have an entrant in the District Final (West) on 24th February at Tudor Grange Samworth Academy in Wigston
Leicester High School has no senior entries this year, but produced an excellent set of 6 intermediate teams, two of whom are going forward to the District Semi-Final to be held on 20th January 2018 at Our Lady’s Convent School in Loughborough.
This years outing to Wicksteed Park took place on 14th June 2017. Over 2,000 children were entertained by Rotary clubs from all over the UK . The weather was warm and sunny and the children had a great day out.
The 2018 event will be held on Wednesday 13th June .
The 2018 event is due to be held on Wednesday 21st February and jointly sponsored by Pick Everard and The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity.
The 2017 Technology Tournament was held at the Leicester Grammar School on Friday 24th February . Colin Derrick and Derek Sadd managed the event in which 28 teams of children from around the county took part. The teams were divided into three age groups, the older participants being set a more difficult task. The winners were Leicester Grammar School, Oakham School and Manor High School.
Big Bang Show at Leicester Grammar School
Derek Sadd and Colin Derrick manned a stand at this event on 23rd April 2016. They were promoting Rotary youth competitions, and we understand that at least one thousand visitors were expected at the event.
A report on the outcome of the event will appear here soon
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA )2015
Kim Francis and President Paul Bonnett appear below at the Grafham Water Centre near Huntingdon, where candidates were put through their paces in a seven day event. This event took place in July 2015.
This year’s RYLA candidate was Melissa Prescod, a 25 year old volunteer at Charity Link.She is an event co-ordinator and is starting her own business called Ability for All. She suffers from Functional Neurological Disorder which means her mobility can suffer if she has an attack.
The event, at Grafham Water, started with a night walk on the first day, followed by some sailing and a night expedition later in the week. This is coupled with public speaking, a business game and much more so no time to rest!
This will be a challenging experience but likely to be life changing as it has been for all our previous candidates.
Youth Speaks competition 2016
The competition took place in April and pictured below is the District Governor accompanied by our team from Leicester High School for girls at the Regional Final.
Rotary In Action
In 2014 the club raised funds to purchase three motorcycle ambulances. Traditional ambulance vehicles are not suitable for the rough terrain in remote villages. Many babies and their mothers were dying through their inability to to reach a hospital on occasions where the pregnancy ended in a complicated birth. The statistics showed that if a mother died, it was very likely that her child would not survive more than a year. So put simply, save the mother and save the child.
The ambulances are now operating successfully and bringing those in or near to labour to the safe and clean environment of a hospital for the delivery. Survival rates are already much improved.