ROTARY ROUND-UP: Young people battle it out at launch of new Youth Speaks competition

The seniors section winning team from Davison High School

The seniors section winning team from Davison High School

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This week, Kim Woodley, from the Rotary Club of Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

Worthing Rotary Club recently held a very successful variety concert which raised £1,390 for West Sussex Young Carers and Superstar Arts.

The intermediate section winning team from Bohunt School

The intermediate section winning team from Bohunt School

The concert included: male voice choir The Gruffs, junior and senior groups from the Regnante School of Performing Arts, ukulele band Wukulele, the Salvation Army Band, soloists in song and on the piano, plus a monologue or two.

MP for Worthing West Sir Peter Bottomley and his wife Virginia took part, with East Worthing & Shoreham MP Tim Loughton acting as the compere.

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, Leaders, for their generous donation which paid for all the printing for the concert and to Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda who supplied drinks for the evening.

Last week also saw the launch of a new competition for the youth of Worthing – The Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’.

The competition is designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills in young people.

Teams from Davison High School, Durrington High School, Bohunt School and Lancing Prep Worthing took part in speaking about topics ranging from cyber bullying to banning zoos.

The standard was extremely high and the speakers were not even phased by quite searching questions from the mayor which had to be answered in two minutes.

Judges marked them on their skills of presentation, effective use of their voice and expertise in their subject – not an easy task for an adult, let alone an 11 to 14-year-old!

The winning team for the intermediate section (11 to 13-year-olds) was Bohunt School, and for the seniors (14 to 17-year-olds) was Davison High School.

They were presented with a cup from the mayor and vouchers.

All competitors received a certificate with the winners going through to the next round in the Rotary District final.

A fundraising supper was also held last week at the Charles Dickens pub in aid of the EYEsee charity.

Sal Rassam from the charity explained that he was trying to raise funds for new laser equipment in order to correct sight in the developing world.

A raffle, auction and retiring collection raised £205 for this worthy charity.

Christmas is now very much on our minds as we start our Christmas tree collections in the town centre today (December 1), at 10.30am.

The mayor will start the proceedings, accompanied by carol singers and music.

We will then have collectors at the tree from 11am until 3pm every day until Christmas Eve.

Come and see us and donate a few pence – or more!

All proceeds go towards the Salvation Army food parcels and other great local causes.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.

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