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Posted: 14/05/10

Rotaract's generous donation to college

Members of Nottingham’s Rotaract group joined West Nottinghamshire College students last night at The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery to hand over a generous cash donation (13 May).

A cheque for £1,000 was presented to students to help fund a two-week visit to Ghana this summer which will see students and staff travelling to the country’s Kwahu East District in July.  They will spend two weeks teaching English and maths to schoolchildren, helping re-build a village school and visiting an orphanage.

It follows last summer’s visit to Ghana’s Mpraeso region, when students took part in a host of volunteering activities.

Helen Franklin, a member of Rotaract and also a member of staff at West Nottinghamshire College, was present last night to hand over the cheque.  She said: “I will be travelling to Ghana with the students in July and as a member of Rotaract I wanted to get involved with raising additional funds.  The money raised for West Nottinghamshire College came from Rotaract’s first charter (birthday) party where proceeds from a raffle were given together with support from other Rotary clubs.

“By Rotaract getting involved with the project it has introduced West Notts students to the possibilities of helping other young people in the local community while having fun at the same time.

“The visit to Ghana will help the students to develop in confidence, gain new skills and take part in volunteering abroad.  As the college’s mission to Ghana is much bigger and more ambitious this year, without this additional financial support of Rotaract they may not have been able to go.

As Rotaract is a worldwide organisation, Helen has used her networks to contact the Rotaract group in the Kwahu East District of Ghana so that further support can be offered to the group during their visit.  For anyone wishing to donate further to this worthwhile visit, please email Helen on Helen.franklin@wnc.ac.uk

More about Rotaract

Rotaract is a worldwide organisation for 18-30 year olds.  It enables members to meet people, try new activities and make a difference in their local community through volunteering and fundraising.  It’s an international organisation of young adults who are committed to service and leadership in their communities and abroad.  Established in 1968 by Rotary International, Rotaract is a global network of young people who are changing the world with clubs in over 160 countries.