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Culham Interact Chartered

A new Interact Club made up from young people aged 12 to 18 who attend the European School in Culham has been formed.
The Club has been working for the last two years to raise funds to support a school in Nepal, the Gatehouse, a charity for the homeless in Oxford, and the Sue Ryder home in Nettlebed. They are eager to continue with this and to work to help other good causes in the future.
On the evening of May the 2nd, the Culham Interact Club was presented with its formal Charter by Joy Arnott, the District Governor of Rotary International District 1090. This is an important milestone for the club. The Club received its charter certificate, the President, Charlie Sayers, the medal of office, and all members received an official pin badge.
So far the club has raised over £1,000 by holding a number of events at the school, such as cake sales and face painting. It also held a collection at Christmas for essential items such as toiletries and underwear for The Gatehouse, a charity for the homeless in in Oxford. Their next event is at the Culham Festival where they will again have a stall raising funds by selling cakes and face painting.
The Culham Interact Club is supported by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper.
The Interact club has 17 members, and they look forward to continuing their events to raise funds for good causes. All of them attend the European School and will transfer to the Europa School in September, where the club will be based in future.
President Charles Sayers said, “It’s been a great year. We have had lots of fun, and importantly helped those worse off than ourselves, whilst at the same time we have learnt how to work as a team and get the best from everyone.”
Joy Arnott presented the Charter, supported by David Barnett, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper, who said, “It’s been great to help these dedicated young people learn how to become the good citizens of the future, and to continue to support those who join the club in the future”
The Charter took place in the Schuman Hall at the European School on the evening Tuesday 2nd May, and was attended by members of the Interact Club and their parents, the school staff who have supported the club and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper and Rotary District 1090. There were around 50 people present.
Interact is an international organisation which brings together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self”, the motto of Rotarians throughout the world. Interactors discover how serious leadership can be seriously fun.
The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper supports many community initiatives, both locally and internationally, for anyone interested in joining the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper or one of the other 100-plus Rotary clubs across the Thames Valley area visit http://www.abingdon-rotary.org.uk or http://www.rotarygbi.org
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, part of Rotary International, has 1,800 clubs and more than 51,000 members.

Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest international service organisation with 1.2 million professional men and women as members. There are 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary clubs are open to men and women of all ages who are business, professional or community leaders and who want to use their experience for the benefit of others.

Rotary initiates local and global projects to promote world understanding and peace and improve life conditions for people of all ages and cultures. To find out more, visit www.ribi.org.