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Rotary 'KidsOut' Day 2009
2009 June 10
On a very wet Wednesday, Rotarians Peter Fulham, Ray Hare and Dennis Bragg accompanied the teachers, carers and some of the children from Corbets Tey School to Southend.Peter did a very good job of chauffeuring Ray and myself to TOPS Disco in Southend where, for the next hour or so, our ears were sorely tested by the noise of very many excited children, the weather forgotten.Even when the food (which was excellent) was served, the noise abatement society still had cause for alarm.The arrangements for serving up the food, which consisted of sandwiches, doughnutsand crisps was excellent, and the youngsters made short work of them.
Then came the time to venture out into the wide world again to visit the Adventure Playground. The rain was still falling, but once the children had their bracelets on (this enabled them to go on any attraction) it could have been the sunniest day of the year and off they went to enjoy themselves and only us older 'children' were trying to keep out of the RAIN.
From the moment we left Corbets Tey School Ray was telling us not to worry because 'it was always sunny in Southend' and his psychic powers were almost right because, just before we were due to leave, the sun did arrive.
Then suddenly, the 'day' was over- the youngsters had enjoyed themselves which is
what the Kids Out Trip is all about and all we had to do was go home to dry out. ROLL ON 2010!
Thousands of children with special needs will enjoy a memorable day out when they take part in the annual Rotary KidsOut Day, the largest day out for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
More than 28,000 children and their carers will be taken on trips to the seaside, zoos, safari parks, museums, theme parks, and farms across the UK, organised and supervised by members from hundreds of Rotary clubs from Great Britain and Ireland.
More than 100 venues will be visited today with at least 1,700 volunteers, supported by local authorities, police and fire services, working to ensure that the day is as safe as it is special for the children and their carers.
KidsOut Day out gives children the opportunity to experience and discover new things. Rotary volunteers love taking part in the KidsOut Day - it is a day filled with laughter and fun.
Rotary KidsOut Day is organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and supported by KidsOut, the national charity which provides fun and happiness for disadvantaged and special needs children. Since the first Rotary KidsOut Day in 1990, more than 350,000 children have benefited from a fun-packed day out.