National Rotary Kids Out Day
Every June, the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland together with KidsOut take over 25,000 disadvantaged children on a fun day out. As usual District 1200 clubs chose to take kids from their district to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, and below is a report by Geoff Collins who attended the event with fellow Devizes Rotarian Alan Truscott.
What a lovely day it turned out to be for “Kids Out” last Wednesday. The day had been organised by District 1200 Rotarians from Selwood, Frome, Bath West and Bathavon for a days visit to Longleat for over 800 children from mainly special needs schools in District 1200. Each child was given a “Kids Out” T Shirt and a Blue baseball Hat.
We at Devizes Rotary organised for some children from our two special needs Schools Rowdeford and Downland to attend.
Alan and myself met up with Rowdeford school and we spent most of the day escorting them and theire teachers around the park. We went on the Boat around the lake, and were able to introduce the children to the oldest Gorilla in captivity before giving them the opportunity of feeding the Sea Lions. Both the Hippo’s were obviously tired of visitors and were having a sleep.
Before collecting their lunch, soft drink and ice cream, we wandered around the Safari Park. After lunch we visited more animals, fish etc before finishing up eating donuts while watching the Penguins being fed.
The children had a wonderful day which was enjoyed by all.