Rotary award for Hassocks school

Pictured are President David Wickens and the Headmistress, Mrs Jeannie Hughes. SUS-150626-151129001
Pictured are President David Wickens and the Headmistress, Mrs Jeannie Hughes. SUS-150626-151129001

The Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District has presented Hassocks Infants School with a Special Service Award for its outstanding achievement in raising nearly £1,000 for School in a Bag, a charitable project founded in 2009 to help deprived children around the world receive an education and a daily nutritious meal.

The President of the Club, David Wickens, presented the award and paid particular tribute to the Year 2 pupils who planned and organised the fund raising activities, which were supported by the whole school and the children’s parents.

He said ‘Our Club welcomes the opportunity to work with schools to support charitable projects which help people in need. Your support for School in a Bag is a wonderful example of the Rotary motto, Service above Self, and the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District is delighted to be associated with you’.

The Headmistress, Mrs Jeannie Hughes, said “I am proud to have received this award on behalf of the whole school.

“It’s good for the children to realise that there are so many children around the world who are less fortunate than they are, and I look forward to having the opportunity for the school to work with the Rotary Club again next year’.”

She concluded by encouraging the children to think about helping other people in their everyday lives.

The Rotary Club has been supporting School in a Bag for the last 3 years. The project’s mission is ‘Giving the chance of an education to poor, vulnerable, orphan and disaster affected children throughout the world’.

Since it was founded over 52000 bags have been delivered with an increasing number being filled and stored by partner charities in a number of countries. It was because there was a stock of bags already in store in Nepal that 3000 were distributed within 2-3 weeks of the recent earthquake.

For more information about this or any other aspect of Rotary please contact the Secretary on 01444230518.

Pictured are President David Wickens and the Headmistress, Mrs Jeannie Hughes.

Report and picture contributed by David Bellamy of the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District.