The annual Young Carers trip to the pantomime at the Kings Theatre on 18 December was a big pre Christmas treat for 13 Young Carers and their three supervisors.
Met at the door by Rotarian Bill Taylor they were ushered to a splended pre show party before being escorted to their seats in the Dress Circle for the big event, Cinderella starring Anita Harris. During the interval yet another treat-ice creams all round.
These young carers play an important, responsible role in their families and the club has supported their work where we can for many years More
Lauren and Harriet, winner and second placed in the Group 7 round went on to represent Portsmouth Rotary Clubs in the Rotary District final in Bournemouth on February 27 where they competed against youngsters
from across the South Coast and Channel Islands.
It was good that our candidate, Lauren was
supported by two staff members from South Downs College as well as her parents.
Unfortunately Lauren was not among the
three top winners, although her dessert
was judged to be the best. Harriet, supported
by Gosport, was among the top three and will proceed further.
Whils't a lot of being a Havant Rotarian is is about helping the community and raising funds for good causes we also find time to have fun and get out and about in the area.
Havant Rotarians organisise a variety of social activities and there is normally something for everyone in the programme. Sometimes it's a trip to the theatre together, or a meal at Southdowns College, or a trip to hear one of the bands play, often these trips are with partners and ensure that it's not all work . Each year we generally find an opportunity to have a barbecue or garden party and take the opportunity to relax.
Our Christmas fundraising project this year raised over £11,500. The Project includes Santa's sleigh touring, Havant, Leigh Park, Hayling Island, Bedhampton and Emsworth as well as collections at Tesco, B & Q, Asda, Havant, Emsworth and Wyevale Garden Centre.
The funds raised are used to help the charities and projects that the club supports throughout the year. Already £500 of the funds raised have been sent to help people struggling with the floods in the north of England.