Seahouses and District Rotary Club

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YOUNG LEADER: For the first time in the 28-year life of the Rotary Club of Seahouses and District, members sponsored a local young person on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme.

Abi Sutheran of St Cuthbert’s House, North Sunderland, gave a most professional and riveting account of her residential week of outdoor activities, training in leadership skills and development of team-building at the Alnmouth Centre with 40 other teenagers from throughout the North East.

Abi described how, straight after meeting the large group of complete strangers, she was thrown into a huge range of ice-breakers and complex team-building activities.

On the days that followed, Abi was climbing and abseiling down rock faces between Alnwick and Rothbury, devising games and solving problems on Alnmouth beach and spending the night in the middle of nowher’, surviving a mock plane crash with minimal resources.

Abi thanked the Rotary Club for the experience of a lifetime which had increased her level of confidence and developed her team-building skills and leadership qualities.

Immediate Past President Roger Howell thanked Abi for her enthusiastic and well-illustrated presentation, thanked Rotarians Margaret Claydon, Jill McConnell-Wood, Muriel O’Brian, Kelvin Rushworth and Ulugbek Hudayarov for their involvement in the initiative and said that he hoped that the Rotary Club would continue to nominate RYLA candidates.

President Stuart Walton announced that a donation had been sent to the Pakistan Flood Relief, to buy water survival boxes.

Shelter Box was the topic at a later meeting of the club.

Rotarian Martin Macray, from Whitley Bay, is the area organiser for the charity which was conceived by Rotarian Tom Henderson in 2000 and is now an international charity in its own right.

Martin explained the history and the contents of the boxes, which are now used in response to most world disasters.

Over 100,000 have already been deployed worldwide to provide shelter for families caught up in floods, earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes and other disasters where people are made homeless.

The club reflected on the continuing success of fund-raising for the campaign to eradicate polio.

Three Rotarians will represent the club at Bradford University Peace Seminar.