Interact is a Rotary International service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill
The Interact Club of Aitken College can be very proud of all it has achieved in its first year. With the support of the Rotary Club of Tullamarine the Interact Club of Aitken College has grown into a vibrant, active and influential part of the community, both within and outside Aitken College.
To wind up the year, the Interact Club is running a project to support local animal welfare charities, Animals Australia and the RSPCA. The project aims to raise awareness of animal rights issues, such as battery hens, and encourage people to think about animal rights when making purchases.
The students will be holding stalls at the College on Monday 6 December to sell vegan gingerbread Christmas treats and merchandise from Animals Australia and the RSPCA. They will also be speaking to junior classes and distributing information pamphlets as part of the awareness campaign. All proceeds will be donated to the two charities.
The Interact Club of Aitken College has adopted the Neil Thomas Christian University, a Prep to 12 school in Vanuatu, as their ongoing International Understanding Project.
This school provides an education program that follows the Victorian School Curriculum, including a limited number of places for students to complete the VCE. The goal of the NTCU is to provide young people from Vanuatu with the opportunity to participate in an internationally recognised education system and gain skills and qualifications which will benefit their own community.
The school has very limited resources; for example, a whole class will share a single pencil case with a few old pencil stubs. To try and help this situation, the Interact Club of Aitken College held a very successful equipment drive during Term 3. The Aitken Community were very generous in their donations of story and reading books, pencils, pens, art equipment, exercise and writing books and sporting equipment.