Kids Out Day 2018
The Club were delighted to bring 11 pupils and accompanying teachers from Mitchell House School for this year’s Kids Out Day held at the Belfast Activity Centre (BAC) Tuesday 12 June. Unfortunately some pupils had succumbed to a sickness bug and were unable to attend. Most of the children were wheelchair confined and a lovely time was had by all.
They were warmly greeted on arrival at 10.30am by Nicola and James two excellent BAC instructors, Past President Ken Morrison, John McCleery and William Cross. President Rosemary and Eric Rainey came later in the morning.
The fun started with a couple of group warm up games, including swapping places with each other under a parachute, which were greatly enjoyed. Next there was an archery competition and with a bit of expert tuition, all the children managed to release the arrow from the bow, with a couple of them even getting close to the bullseye! The noise level increased somewhat when the teachers had a go, showing that inter-form rivalry is still alive and well!
After lunch, the children were entertained to a session of geocaching around the Barnet demesne - a mix of orienteering come treasure hunt, the aim of which is, with the aid of a hand held device which has a compass, to locate a small wooden box which contains a little gift - this gave the children much delight.
The location, weather and programme all contributed to a super summer outing, and big thanks are extended to Nicola and James for making the day such a success. Thanks are extended to President Rosemary and the other Club members for attending.
Kids Out Day is an event carried out by a large number of the Rotary Clubs throughout UK and Ireland on the same day – taking kids with learning or physical difficulties to some fun place for the day. The Club have been participating in this day out for many 9 years and have taken the pupils of Mitchell House School out for the day to the Portaferry Aquarium, Castle Espie, the Zoo and Streamvale Open Farm, Dundonald and the Ulster Museum. More here.