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Rotary investing in young women.

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Women are currently achieving so much on the international, local, political and economic stages

Women are currently achieving so much on the international, local, political and economic stages, but is the next generation ready to step up to the plate? The young women of today have so much potential, but they are struggling to secure the necessary support and resources to help them tackle their challenges.

The Rotary Club of Newlands is passionate about recognising, supporting and investing in young talent through the Club’s youth development and sponsorship programme.

“We do not focus on gender, race or vocation but aim to support all young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have potential. About 50% of our bursary students are women and we are very proud of their achievements,” says Christine Wilke from the Rotary Club of Newlands.

Kelly Luke, a young single mom from Grassy Park was working as a teacher assistant at the Vera School for Autistic Children. The Vice-Principal, Keristan Floris, saw her willingness to walk the extra mile, realised what she was capable of and supported her application for a bursary from the Rotary Club of Newlands. Luke, who is now doing her second year of study for a Bachelor of Education - Foundation Phase degree at Unisa and who is passing her subjects with distinctions says, “I am humbled to be given this opportunity, and look forward to reaching my dream of becoming a dedicated teacher one day.” Luke believes in giving back and is now becoming involved in Rotaract, the youth community programme of Rotary.

Michaela Scholtz, from Rugby, is the currently the youngest bursary student of the Rotary Club of Newlands. Scholtz went to Buren High School in Ysterplaat where she was involved in Interact, one of the scholar programmes of Rotary. Her academic and leadership ability so inspired the Rotarians involved with her school that they nominated her for a bursary. She was first in her grade for four years and received the Service to the Community Award. Scholtz is now studying for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of the Western Cape.  “My ten-year goal is to join Rotary and use my qualification to start a programme that will educate people on how to overcome barriers and disabilities,” says Scholtz.

“Receiving a bursary is an honour to us all.  However, receiving one from an organisation that does so much for the community is even more honouring. The value of this bursary is much more than the price tag: it means that someone thought you were deserving enough to take a chance on you. The opportunity that I received is an honour and I am very appreciative of it,” adds Scholtz.

Do you know a talented individual that needs support? Rotary provides opportunities for you to invest in yourself, your children or your partner. For more information on the youth development and sponsorship programmes that the Rotary Club of Newlands is involved with, contact Christine Wilke on 0827704737 or email christinewilke@icloud.com.

Interact gives high school learners the opportunity to make a difference to their community while having fun and developing leadership skills. Interact clubs are sponsored by a local Rotary club.

Rotaractors are students and young workers aged 18 - 30 years who work together to organise service activities, develop leadership and professional skills while enjoying fellowship. Rotaract clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs but manage and fund their clubs independently.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.Rotary.org.

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