THE ROTARY CLUB OF ALGOA BAY– DISTICT 9370
RYLAP (RYLA FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS) – 2013 CAMP
As part of Rotary Youth Service, the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay decided to spread the awareness of Rotary amongst young school-goers by offering a Leadership course by way of an Outreach experience for Grade 6 primary school learners from Port Elizabeth. This was the second such camp and once again, all costs were sponsored by the club and this year, 20 primary schools were invited to each identify two Grade 6 learners whom they thought would benefit from the experience of attending a 2-night, 3-day camp, offered by Bushpig Adventures, a company that runs professional school and corporate development programmes in a wilderness setting just outside Port Elizabeth. The coeducational schools involved were asked to nominate one girl and one boy for the camp.
The camp last year was a pilot project and it turned out to be an excellent programme which was well received by the participants and the schools. Consequently the 2012 programme was basically retained with only the addition of a formal one-hour module on Leadership. This proved to be an excellent activity. The programme required that all activities took place as teams and included Lateral Thinking challenges, Survivor Puzzles, Swamp Crossing, Orienteering, Flag and War Cry design and many other activities that all encourage team work, cooperation, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, awareness of others’ and one’s own strengths and weaknesses. This year the weather presented some real challenges, but the Bushpig Adventures’ staff are to be complimented on the excellent way in which they adapted to the circumstances and still managed to present an excellent programme, well-suited to the aims and objectives of the course. Naturally one of the main objectives was to allow young learners to meet, live and work with others whom they previously had not known and to interact with children from other cultures and from different and diverse backgrounds. The learners were asked to evaluate the programme at the conclusion and the analysis has indicated quite clearly that it was an undoubted success.
Some comments from the evaluations are:
Evaluation of this project by the different stakeholders indicates overwhelmingly once again that this model works and it is the club’s intention to continue with the programme and if possible, to investigate how it can be expanded or extended to touch more young lives and grow an even greater awareness of Rotary.
Report submitted Dr Jeff Ilsley
The Big Draw evening held on the 26th November was a grand achievement with profits in excess of over R100 000! Although a final reconciliation needs to take place. The beneficiaries will be the under-privileged in the Port Elizabeth area and based on the profit along with Matching Grants will be turned into R500 000 plus.
The team that were organizing this years’ draw were Cameron Scott (Big Chief), Michele Lehy (Co-ordinator), Peter Long (Logistics), Fred Roberts (audio-visual), Danie Theron (liquid refreshments), Michele Brown (PRO and prizes), Lindsay Pearson(our host) and, of course, Lynda Woodhead and her coordinating committee of Ann’s: JudyGiles, Sandy Wells, Pixie Pringle, Colleen Mills, Jenny van Graan and Wendy Long.Compliments all round on an excellent event as without this team nothing would be possible!
Indeed there was much careful planning over a long period of time which ensured the events success.
The Ann’s put together a delightful and extensive range of nibbles and meals that filled everyone. All that was laid out was delicious but the calamari was tops! I can just imagine all the hard work and effort that went into preparing it all.
The Draw itself went off without a hitch and the many people that won were over the moon. Especially the winner of the 1st prize which was R15 000, that went to a ticket that Peter Long sold to carpenter, Tony Nicholas.
It was also reported by the Grey Junior Staff that the clean up, done by the Rotarians and Ann’s, was impressive.
Everybody enjoyed themselves and is looking forward to next year…and all the best to the new team, show us what you got!!