Nepal and RYLA

Horncastle Rotary Club welcomed two young people who have
benefitted from Rotary initiatives to tell members and guests about their
experiences on Wednesday 21st February.

Both students at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, they were
introduced by Rtn Tim Peacock who had arranged the evening.

Jessica Hake (16) was the recipient in 2017 of the John
Croxford Prize which is awarded to a student who has made a significant
contribution to an international project of some sort. An accolade
recognising the recipient’s ambassadorial qualities, it is funded through the
John Croxford Trust.

This was set up in memory of the late John Croxford, twice
president of Horncastle Rotary Club, to be used to support students on overseas
projects and in the study of languages.

Grants are usually made by the club to groups travelling
abroad rather than individual donations.

Jess was part of a group of young people travelling to Nepal
and a small grant was made towards the cost of the community project which they
carried out while they were there.

She gave an enthusiastic and informative presentation about
her experiences working at a school in Nepal and said afterwards that she was
honoured to have received the John Croxford award.

Jess Hake surrounded by group of schoolchildren during her visit to Nepal

Just back from his half-term visit to a snowy Derbyshire,
Liam Wilson also spoke enthusiastically about his experiences on the RYLA
(Rotary Youth Leadership Award) course at the Whitehall education centre near

He answered questions from Tim and from members about the
various activities he had taken part in and said he fully recommended the
course to other young people.

A warm welcome back was given to honorary member Peter
Foster who spoke about John Croxford’s legacy to the club.




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