Our donations............/ Katie Packard gets the support of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill in her quest to help school children in Uganda

At the club’s Monday meeting, Katie Packard, a student at Southampton University, visited the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill to describe her vision of helping school children in Uganda by building playgrounds

Katie is presented with a cheque by President Rtn. Carl Watson and International Committee Chairman, Rtn. Roger Allen
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Katie explained that many long-term studies have shown how important play is for the development of children and their long-term outcomes, especially those living in poverty. Play has been shown to be beneficial for everything from social skills, cognitive abilities and problem solving, to fine motor skills, concentration, communication, imagination, and self-control. It’s been shown that adding play to a child’s life can lead to significantly raised IQs, greater achievement at school and even higher rates of employment and wages in adulthood.  

In many communities across East Africa, children spend time out of school looking for work or helping with chores at home, rather than playing. Play is often viewed by adults as a waste of time, with little understanding of its importance for children. There are very few play facilities available for children, and those that do exist are often unsafe or poor quality.

By volunteering with the British Registered Charity, East African Playgrounds, Katie hopes to play a part in improving the children’s education by installing and maintaining playground equipment in  designated schools.

Katie will pay her own expenses but needs £2000 to pay towards the cost of the equipment and its installation.

The members of Rotary Club were impressed by Katie’s drive and enthusiasm, wished her success with the project and agreed to donate £250 towards her fund-raising efforts.     

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