The Interact Club is an off-shoot of The Rotary Club, which focuses on making a positive contribution to others, whether on a local, regional or national scale. Here at St George’s, our Interact committee is selected each year via written letters of application from the students themselves, and those who are successful become part of the Interact ‘board’ for the academic year.
Primarily led by the students themselves, the focus of our Interact society is to raise money for charities, something which is achieved with activity days for Children in Need, a joke-a-thon for Comic Relief, and hosting an independent fashion show to raise funds for the nominated charity, Cancer Research UK. Across these three events, the Interact society helped raise over £1000 in total, which is a fantastic achievement.
Several members of the Interact club also give up a lunchtime once a fortnight in order to go and help serve meals at the local church in Ruskington. This is a resounding success, and is just part of a bigger project to help increase the clubs, and the schools, profile in the local area.
The students have also been responsible for collecting milk bottle tops over the past year, in aid of St John’s Ambulance. Alongside this, each Christmas time the interact club organise a Christmas Shoe Box appeal in aid of children oversees who, due to circumstance, do not get to celebrate Christmas as they should. These shoeboxes are filled with lots of small toys, reading books, and day to day equipment that we may take for granted, such as toothpaste, colouring crayons, pens and sweets. Last year, we collected over 30 shoeboxes, which is fantastic for a campus size of 450 students. The energy and goodwill they demonstrate is a credit to the Academy and themselves.
The focus within the Interact society for the next year will be raising money towards Children in Need, amongst other local charities, with lots of fun events planned for this year’s charity day.
If you would like more information, or wish to get involved, please see one of the board members. Alternatively, you can visit the Rotary District Website at http://www.rotary1070.org