District 1070 ‘Kids Out’

Photograph: Kids Out 2012 at Wicksteed Park. Kids on a Merry-go-round.

For a number of years District 1070 has supported Rotary’s Kids Out day – which is always the second Wednesday in June – by coordinating the participating Clubs visit to Wicksteed Park Kettering for a day of fun and frolics for around 2000 disabled/disadvantaged kids. From its early days Rotary has supported the event which was initially started by the Liverpool taxi drivers clubbing together to take the children of mariners at sea out for the day before the Moores family of football pools and stores fame started to sponsor it and involved Rotary in the administration .

The independant charity Kids Out was formed to raise funds to support Rotarys efforts and continues to do so by contributing £1 per registered child per annum. Previously it had paid £4 or £5 per child  –  but times are hard!

In 2011  50 Clubs in District 1070 arranged with their local schools to send buses and feed over 2200 children to Wicksteed Park where they had a free run of all the rides and amusements on site as well as Punch and Judy shows and a disco all provided and coordinated by Rotary District 1070 –  or more precisely by the much loved and greatly missed former District Community and Vocational Committee Chairman, Simon Adlam, who is standing down after this years event (after four years in charge!) with Bryan Swain of Huntingdon Cromwell taking over the reins in 2013  –  once he has been fully trained by the said adored Simon Adlam!

As at the end of March 2012 forty two Rotary Clubs have registered for this years eagerly anticipated Kids Out. If your Club is not coming – why not?!

For further information, contact Rotarian Bryan Swain Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell.

Photograph: Kids on a switchback ride at Wicksteed Park. Photograph: Picnic time for the kids at Wicksteed Park.
Enjoying an ice cream at Wicksteed Park.