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President Abbie Breakwell


Secretary Maria Rangelova

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President Abbie


Secretary Maria


Vice President Henry Icke Treasurer Lola-Rose Adamczyk Publicity Officer Claire Smith

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Vice President Henry Treasurer Lola-Rose Publicity Claire
Rotary Interactors Free Family Fun Day 15th August 2018

The Rotary Interactors annual Free Family Fun Day was again a huge success thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the Rotary Club of Long Eaton and their Interactors.

The day was bright and the weather perfect to enable families to come together, enjoy a picnic, have their face painted or take part in one of the many activities that were provided free of charge. This year a climbing wall had been provided for the youngsters and a Ferris Wheel along with the bouncy castles.

Stuart Magic delighted children with his clever antics and blowing up of many balloons! TESCO again provided a large selection of healthy fruit that people could turn into smoothie drinks by use of a special smoothie bicycle.

This year’s event was supported by Councillor Kewal Athwal’s Community Leadership Scheme and also a donation of a Free Holiday from Eurocamp. The manager from Georges Fish and Chip shop, who had very kindly donated portions of chips for all the volunteers, came along to pull the winning ticket for the prize draw. The winner of the Eurocamp holiday was Tia Cleverley-Lings.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Erewash Cllr Chris Corbett opened the event along with Interact President Abbie Breakwell and Rotary President Cas Francis. MP Maggie Throup said how delighted she was to attend and thanked TESCO for their valued support of the event before going to make her own ‘smoothie’ drink. Rotary District 1220 governor said “I loved going around and meeting the many people and organisations who were helping. I am full of admiration for all you have achieved by your tremendous effort and enthusiasm”. There was a wide selection of stalls and activities at the event and Rotarian Barbara James gave thanks to all the volunteers and stall holders who had given up their free time to ensure the event was a enormous success.

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Abbie Breakwell, Interact President, receives a sponsorship cheque for her Free Family Fun Day

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Mayor Chris Corbett declares the Day 'Open'

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Interact Charter Dinner 15th June 2018

Rotarians and guests were present at Long Eaton Schools Interact Charter Dinner at Cleve Lodge on Friday last. The evening kicked of with an electryfying performance from the youngsters at Vibez Danceworks, who performed several "high octane" routines.

After dinner Abbie Breakwell was inaugarated as the 2018 Interact President. Abbie then gave a brief update on her tennis progress. Despite her limited mobility, Abbie is a rising star in wheelchair tennis and has received coaching at National level. The high point this year was winning the Rotary National Wheelchair Sports Award which was presented to her  earlier this year by HRH Princess Anne, at Rotary's National Conference. (See below)

Long Eaton Rotary Club has been committed to helping local youngsters for many years and several recipients from the last two years were introduced and gave short presentations and thanks to Long Eaton Rotary Club.

Bradley Evans was able to extend his swimming training, Peter Lees attended a Rotary Young Leaders Course in the wilds of Derbyshire last winter, and Long Eaton School Trampoline Club, under the management of Kim Bird, gave thanks for assistance with travel expenses to attend the National Finals in Belfast this year.

Rotarian Cheryle Berry MBE, District Governer Elect drew the formalities together before the closing act from Lily Taylor-Ward who sang a number of songs from her repetoire.

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President Abbie receives Rotary Award at National Conference

On Saturday 7th April Abbie attended the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland conference in Torquay. There she received her trophy for Rotary's Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award 2018 and 500 for her chosen charities.

Abbie has split the award between charities that have supported her in her wheelchair tennis so far. Therefore Abbie donated 250 to The Long Eaton Rotary Interact Club (below) to help fund a disability sport awareness day and 250 to the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust. It was this Trust that gave Abbie a grant to have 17 individual coaching sessions, which helped Abbie to be selected for the Tennis Foundations Juniors Futures Program.

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Pictured: President Abbie, Rotarian Barbara James and members of the Long Eaton Interact Club with cheque for 250



Sponsored Swim for End Polio Now

Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Long Eaton along with their Interactors from The Long Eaton School joined friends and families to take part in a sponsored swim on Saturday 24th March at the West Park swimming pool. The swim was in aid of Polio Eradication.
Rotarian Barbara James wished swimmers well and told them that every 1 they raised through their swim would be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the massive effort to eradicate polio worldwide.   

Rotary President Nigel Kirk thanked everyone for taking part in the swim.

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Purple 4 Polio Crocus planting

Eco Interactors and Rotarians planted 1,300 purple crocus bulbs at Long Eaton School as part of the Rotary  Purple4Polio crocus planting campaign, one bulb for every student and member of staff at the school.   The campaign is to raise awareness of how important it is to end polio now and forever.  Money raised from this project will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with all proceeds going to buy the vaccine to eradicate polio. 

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Councillor Abey Stevenson present Rotary Interactors with a cheque for their charity

Rotary Interactors were presented with a cheque from Cllr Abey Stevenson in the Ilkeston Mayor's Parlour.

During Cllr Stevenson's year as Mayor he held a 'charity pot'. Cllr Stevenson said "throughout his Mayoral year he had attended events with the Interactors and was aware of the work the young people were doing". He had decided that he would make the Interactors one of his chosen local recipient charities.

Rotarian Barbara James gave thanks for the cheque and said that they would be putting the money towards their 2018 Family Fun Day.


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Pictured: Interactors Claire Smith, Abbie Breakwell and Henry Icke, Councillor Abey Stephenson and Rotarian Barbara James
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Photo from left: Aimee Hodson, Nigel Kirk, Barbara James, Esme Bryan and Kevin Palmer


Awards Presentation Evening
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September 2017

Rotary President Nigel Kirk and Rotarian Barbara James were delighted to be present at the Long Eaton School Presentation Evening to see two of their Interactors receive awards.

Interactor Aimee Hodson received the 'Centenary Award for Service to the Community' and Interactor Esme Bryan received the 'Barbara James Environmental Award'.

Congratulations to both young ladies.

Bag packing at Tesco, Long Eaton

Our bag Pack at Tesco raised a fantastic 163.57.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed, Clair and staff at Tesco's and also our fellow Rotarians and Interactors for giving up their time. The money raised will go towards our Free Family Fun Day on West Park on 16th August.

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Karl, Martin, Barbara, Interactor Claire and Cas

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