Interact

The Humphry Davy Interactors were met at the Ugandan border by members of the Rotary Club of Kabale, and taken to Kisoro where they spent two weeks helping to teach at the Vision School.



INTERACT CLUBS

Sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, are youth clubs for 12-18 year olds. Every year, Interactors complete at least two projects in their communities, one of which is overseas, helping them build friendships and a better understanding with young people in other countries.

Rtn Del James writes: "Interact is part of the family of Rotary International an organisation which works to help others less fortunate through various health and education projects. For me, as a member of Mounts Bay Rotary, working with Humphry Davy Interact Club has been a very humbling experience -- they are a dynamic group of young people who have the passion and desire to work with and help others in need both in the community and overseas."

In recent years HDIC have worked together to raise money to help Penhaligans Friends, Childrens Hospice South West, Education projects in Uganda and Doctors Without Borders. In all they raised four thousand pounds or more through quizes, cake sales, sponsored walks, concerts and Interact days in school. Most important of all, they had fun doing it. They have also worked with their partner school in Uganda, teaching them various computer skills along with working to support some of the primary schools in the district.

Interact helps develop citizenship, confidence and many other personal skills whilst helping others. Humphry Davy Interactors certainly show that many have the ability to become leaders of the future".






Presentations

After a talk by Chris Tiley of Medecins sans Frontieres, there were two presentations. The first was a cheque from the Interact Club to MsF, and the second was a Rotary International Presidential Citation presented by Rotarian Del James to the Interact Club for "Supporting the work of Rotary throughout the world."      


Yet another first for both Humphry Davy School Penzance and The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay.

Humphry Davy School received their Charter, confirming the setting up of their Interact Club on 7 July 2014. District 1290's District Governor Ralph Curr was on hand to present Jack Knowles, the first chairman, with the Charter. Ralph congratulated the students, Assistant Head Simeon Royle, Del James and Bob Hawken from Mounts Bay Rotary and all who worked so hard to get this wonderful project up and running.

The students decided that the first projects they would like to undertake and support were Penhaligons Friends (helping bereaved children) and Literacy in a Box to help children in the poorest area of the world. The Rotary members were very proud that this was the first Interact club in the area!!



Lunchtime Concert

A few weeks prior to receiving their Charter, the members of Humphry Davy Interact Club decided to organise a lunchtime concert to raise funds for their chosen charities: Literacy in a Box and Penhaligons Friends (supporting victims of bereavement in Cornwall). About 100 people attended and it was a brilliant opportunity to tell their colleagues about Interact and their chosen charities! A lot of money was raised too.


Literacy in a Box

A lack of literacy is not only the domain of poor countries. We in the UK have a level of literacy that is unacceptable for a developed country. However, in the less well developed countries, where their infrastructure and resources are poor, there is much less opportunity for their children to be educated and become literate. Take Zambia as an instance. It is a classic example of a Third World country devastated by Aids, ravaged by natural disasters and strangled by poverty, yet its people and country are a delight. Zambian children, as in any country, are its future, but they struggle with a further problem - a lack of educational opportunity. Zambia has huge potential which could be realised with development programmes, BUT these cannot happen whilst limited educational opportunities keep literacy levels as low as they are.     

Penhaligons Friends

Is a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. They offer children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.