GENEROUS teenagers from a Culham school have been recognised for their kind-heartedness.
The youngsters have worked tirelessly over the last two years to raise over £1,000 for a school in Nepal, the homeless in Oxford and the Sue Ryder care home in Nettlebed.
Pupils from the Interact Club at the European School were rewarded for their selfless efforts by receiving a formal charter from Joy Arnott, district governor of the Rotary club.
“It’s been a great year,” said Charles Sayers, president of Interact.
“We have had lots of fun and, importantly, helped those worse off than ourselves.
“At the same time we have learnt how to work as a team and get the best from everyone.”
The club, made up of young people aged 12 to 18, raised the money by hosting various events such as cake sales and face painting.
They also organised a Christmas collection for the Gatehouse Charity that assists the homeless in Oxford with essential items such as toiletries and underwear.
Their next fundraising drive is at the Culham Festival with a cake sale and face painting.
President elect of the Rotary club of Abingdon Vesper, David Barnett, said: “It’s been great to help these dedicated young people learn to become the good citizens of the future and to continue to support those who join the club.”
Interact at Culham School has 17 members and will transfer to the Europa School from September. It aims to bring together young people to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service above self”, the motto of Rotarians throughout the world.
– Matthew Brown