The Rotary Young Technology Competition

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 3rd October was Rotarian Peter Lambson from the Carnforth club and he is the District co-ordinator for the Rotary Young Technology competition. 

This is held annually for all the secondary schools in the north west of England and challenges team of four pupils to design and build a working model to fulfil a brief given to them on the day (all equipment and materials are supplied) . 

There are three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced, depending on their age, and the Kendal Club has agreed to host the event for the south lakes area. It will be held in March 2017 and detail will be sent out in December.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2016

Rotary Youth Leadership Award - 2016

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 26th September were Zoe Partington and Jack Byrne from Queen Catherine School who had attended the Rotary Young Leadership Award scheme earlier in the year which was held at the ‘Castlesteads Outdoor Pursuits Centre’ near Grange over Sands. 

They gave a very professional presentation detailing the aims of the scheme and their experiences during the course. These encompassed five major challenges – Service, Leadership, Teamwork, Communication and Self Esteem.  Both had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt they had benefitted enormously.

The Northern Traverse in aid of Brain Cancer Research

The speaker on 19th September was Dr Angela White who has set herself a target of raising £10,000 for Brain Cancer Research by taking part in extreme challenges, pushing herself beyond what most of us could only dread! She told of us of her experience in the Northern Traverse, a "run" of 190 miles across Wainwright's Coast to Coast.

She painted a vivid picture of crossing her "Bog of Doom" in swirling mist on the descent to Keld, of being hypothermic after 66hours, of keeping her shoes on because her feet were by then in such a terrible state, putting them on again would have been impossible, and described her consciousness at a level of "thinking through treacle". She did it: 191.1 miles, moving time 63:23, total time 88 hours (that's not a lot of rest over the 5 days!) and has so far raised £6,821 towards her target: next up "Lakes in a Day".

£250 funds a day's research for the Brain Tumour Charity: brain tumours claim the lives of many young people, but research is significantly under funded compared with the "popular" charities where survival rates are improving in relation to the funding received and research carried out.