Rotary KidsOut 2017 Newsletter
Jointly Compiled by: Rtn. Gordon Moulds CBE – Chief Executive KidsOut
Rtn. Steve Cartwright - RIBI National KidsOut Coordinator
(This Newsletter circulated by kind permission and with the help of RIBI Community Services and Projects Committee) Donna Wallbank - Chair
Message from Rtn Gordon Moulds CBE - Chief Executive
I must start by congratulating all Rotarians who made the 26th Anniversary Rotary National KidsOut Day such a resounding success with a record breaking 29,130 children on a very special day out. Making it the fourth year in a row showing an increase in the number of Rotary Clubs participating, which translated this year to over 8,000 more disadvantaged children across the country being supported by Rotary, this is a staggering achievement by Rotary.
Often forgotten, KidsOut is a Rotary charity, started by Rotary and run by Rotary. With a Rotarian Patron, 3 Rotary Trustees and numerous Rotary Ambassadors, KidsOut is run on Rotary principles. Together in partnership, we achieve a lot more than just the National Day Out.
KidsOut is more than the one day a year out. In 2016, KidsOut also provided over 20,000 fun days throughout the year aimed at the most vulnerable children in our society. We provided every child who had escaped serious domestic abuse and had been relocated away from the abuser (but also family, friends and school), with a toy box for their new home. Every child in a Women’s Aid refuge received a Christmas present, as did many other disadvantaged groups. 3 sensory rooms aimed at schools dealing with severely autistic children were provided; the most recent one was in partnership with Stoney Stratford Rotary Club. Our World Stories, used by over 2000 schools is being currently being transformed to enable it to be used as become part of the formal curriculum.
More and more Clubs are now using KidsOut services to provide free days out and free toys to their local causes. KidsOut would like to see more Rotary Clubs take the credit for these services and as such are trying to find volunteers to become a Rotary KidsOut Ambassador in every District to help coordinate the services. This year we also started a second day out on the first Tuesday in December and achieved over 2,000 children at Christmas parties, pantomimes etc supported by Rotary Clubs. Our aspiration is to provide 5,000 children with a day out at Christmas. KidsOut will provide a subsidy of £5 per child and a Christmas present for every child that Clubs take out.
KidsOut support to Rotary continues to increase as well. Our baseball cap initiative proved so popular this year that we will be providing them free of charge for 2017. The only proviso is that we need one contact in District who can coordinate their requirements and have one distribution point - we will deliver and provide at no cost. Any feedback on this proposed way forward would be appreciated, please contact Steve Cartwright to discuss in more detail.
Please remember, KidsOut only exists because of Rotary; that said, I am only too aware of the superb work that Rotary does in so many areas but still ask that your Club considers as a minimum to participate in the Rotary day out. I would appreciate your thoughts on how we can help you more in order to ensure that this fantastic event continues long into the future.
Checkout the KidsOut website: http://www.kidsout.org.uk/
RIBI National Rotary Coordinator – Steve Cartwright (Lichfield St Chad D1060)
Thank you for all the messages of support I have received since the announcement of my predecessor Don Carsley’s retirement as RIBI National Rotary KidsOut Coordinator. Don did a great job for both ‘Rotary’ and KidsOut, ensuring that the partnership with KidsOut goes from strength to strength, many of you at Club and District level have previously worked very closely with Don to ensure the success of the Rotary National KidsOut Day (as mentioned by Gordon above).
Much if not all of the correspondence between Clubs/Members and Don was done via post, with additional phone calls as required, and whilst this was successful, it was very time consuming, with ever increasing postage costs, and mail going ‘missing’. Therefore it has been decided with immediate effect that all correspondence, details, registrations etc will be done via email. In view of this change I envisage a few teething problems’ the least of which being that we do not have a Rotary KidsOut email database!
By way of this Newsletter I am asking ANY Rotary Club/ Member/ District to please advise us, me of their full contact details including email address. These details will not be used for marketing purposes, but will ensure that any KidsOut information will be sent to the correct person(s). Help ME to help YOU
Rotary National KidsOut Day 14 June 2017 – Registration Process:
In addition to the above, registering your District/ Club Details together with the number of children could not be simpler, just click on the link below:
Please note that KidsOut will no longer be providing Tee Shirts, but will be providing (as noted by Gordon above) KidsOut Baseball caps free of charge to one location within your District. To order the caps click on the link below:
Please take the opportunity to see the details about Rotary National KidsOut Day on the KidsOut website: http://www.kidsout.org.uk/what-we-do/national-rotary-kidsout-day/
Alternatively you access all the details and Registrations Forms by going to the KidsOut website: www.kidsout.org.uk – see menu at the top of the front page, select ‘What we do’, then ‘National Rotary KidsOut Day’. The Forms can be seen clearly stated in bold red type, just click on these as required.
Rotary Kidsout ‘ Ambassadors’ (as also mentioned by Gordon above)
Noting that every District in RIBI has some involvement with KidsOut, but in many cases it is an individual or a collection of Clubs that organise the KidsOut event. I am sure with more support from both myself and KidsOut, together we could make an even bigger impact on kids lives. We are looking to appoint Rotary KidsOut ‘Ambassadors’, hopefully in every RIBI District. Do you know someone in your Club/District that may be interested in becoming an ‘Rotary KidsOut Ambassador’? If so we would like to invite them along to a KidsOut Event in Birmingham on 18 May with accommodation provided. Please contact me for further details.
And finally, should you have any questions, queries or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.
PLEASE don’t forget to let me know your full contact details. Carry on the good work!
RIBI National KidsOut Coordinator Steve Cartwright
Tel: 01889 207 360 / 07772 808 925 email: [email protected] RC Lichfield St Chad – District 1060