Rotary Initiative at Primary School

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Rotary President Brian Bassett (left) poses with those to be involved in the Athlone School’s Earlyact Clubs recycling project. From left to right are Kareer Singh (Wildlands Conservation Trust), Anusha Rajpaul (Athlone School Acting Principal), Talente Ngcobo (Earlyact President) and Earlyact members Ashleight Carbarns, Danielle Paine, Gemma Scholtz and Rahil Mewalall. Photo: Jason Londt.

The Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg has chartered its first Earlyact Club. Rotary International supports a variety of linked organizations such as Rotoract, Interact and Earlyact, the idea being that Rotary wishes to involve people in community-based projects from as early an age as possible. Earlyact Clubs are established at Primary Schools, Interact at High Schools and Rotoract at Tertiary Educational Institutions. An Earlyact Club has now been established at Athlone Primary School with the full support of Acting Principal Anusha Rajpaul. Rotary spokesperson Sabitha Maharaj said ‘We are excited about this development and hope to establish more Earlyact Clubs at other schools in the greater Pietermaritzburg area in the not too distant future. The Athlone Club has got off to a great start by starting a recycling project with the full support of Wildlands Conservation Trust. With the money they hope to raise they will be able to fund a wide variety of projects that will benefit our community. We wish them luck as their newly appointed young leader, Talente Ngcobo, starts his term of office as Earlyact President’. Rotary Club President Brian Bassett commented ‘Rotary wants to establish a culture of ‘service above self’ and what better way than to start with school children as they will be the Rotarians of the future’.