Students leading by example

Richie Payne of Mount's Bay School receives the 2018 Rotary Award for Services to the Community from Rtn. Laurie Forde – Past President of the Rotary Club of Penzance.

At Mount’s Bay Academy, Rotary Club of Penzance Immediate Past President Laurie Forde, who is an old boy of Mount’s Bay, presented the Rotary Award for Services to the Community to Ritchie Payne, former student of Mount’s Bay.

Laurie Forde said: ‘This student is truly incredible with the time he dedicates to his local community in Mousehole. He is a key figure in the Mousehole Harbour Lights, Mousehole Fireworks and Mousehole Carnival and gives his time selflessly to make sure these events are a success.

For Mousehole Carnival he also volunteers to kayak around the harbour to make sure nobody gets into difficulty in the water.

When Ritchie was 11, he saved a girl from drowning in the sea. His immediate reaction was to swim over to help her. He picked her up and removed her snorkelling mask. He then called over a nearby fishing boat and helped to put her into the boat before wrapping her in towels.  The Emergency Services arrived very quickly and took her to hospital.

We are delighted to present the 2018 Rotary Award for Service to the Community to Ritchie.

Lamorna Tregenza Reid was the winner in 2017. Lamorna has been working hard to raise the profile of the Invictus Trust, a charity set up in January 2010 to support and offer services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues.  The Trust is dedicated to the memory of Ben Cowburn, a wonderfully vibrant young man whose struggle with mental health issues had tragic consequences.

Lamorna has been instrumental in raising money to support the Trust and the associated Anchor Fund, set up to help with the travel costs of parents visiting their poorly teenagers who are living in mental health facilities outside Cornwall.

Lamorna has organised a lot of fund raising events at school and in the community.  These include non-school uniform days, cake sales, a staff versus students netball match and talks from two speakers from the Trust.  

Lamorna continued her community work on a global scale when she went to Nepal as part of the World Challenge Expedition in summer 2017. This involved working on a community project to improve a Nepalese school. 

The Rotary Community Service Award is recognition of Lamorna's enthusiasm and tireless work. It demostrates how placing Service above Self makes everyone a winner.

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