Children with special needs living in and near Woking were treated to a day of fun by Rotary clubs. The 24th Kids Out day at the Army Rugby Football stadium in Aldershot was supported by over 100 Rotarians from 10 clubs including Woking Rotary Club.
850 youngsters, who included pupils from Woking’s Park School , Freemantles School and Meath School, were joined by teachers, carers and parents swelling the numbers to around 1300.
The children were entertained by clowns, face painting, three large inflatable slides, bouncy castles, roundabouts, puppet shows, and a miniature steam railway. A number of farm animals were another attraction for the youngsters.
Food included sandwiches, fresh fruit, hot dogs and burgers, washed down by fruit squash.
On hand were the Army, St John Ambulance Brigade, and Fire Brigade to ensure the security and safety of the children who were also allowed to see their equipment.
Rotary works with the Kids Out charity which is the only one in the UK dedicated to bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children. Since 1999 Kids Out has been helping Rotary to take thousands of disadvantaged kids out for a magical day on the second Wednesday in June each year. For these children life often revolves around what happens within just a mile or two of home and many will never get a fantastic day out like this one.
Woking High School contacted the club to say that they were interested in taking part in the Rotary
Shoebox Scheme. The boxes and their contents are intended to provide gifts to severely disadvantaged
people in central and Eastern Europe. We ordered 100 boxes and delivered them to the school, where the pupils
filled the boxes with toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods, and labelled them according
to the appropriate age range of their contents. We collected the boxes from the school at the end of November and passed them on to the scheme organizers
in Preston, Lancashire, where they were added to a much larger shipment for dispatch in time for Christmas.