Pupils United for Good of Community; JUNIOR BRANCH OF ROTARY WILL MIRROR SENIOR GROUP'S FUND-RAISING

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Byline: LAURA CAPEWELL

A GROUP of Rugby teenagers has formed a young Rotarians group.

Ten boys from Lawrence Sheriff School have teamed up with five Rugby High School girls to form the Interact Club - only the third such organisation in the Midlands.

The new group will mirror the work of the Rotary Club by raising money for local, national and international charities and projects.

The pupils - aged from 11 to 18 - have already met to appoint a committee.

They are considering raising money for Water Aid in Africa and for Chernobyl Children UK.

Rugby Rotarian Paul King, who co-ordinates the Interact Club, said: "I've been trying to get this going for at least six years and they seem a bright bunch.

"The club will exist independently. They will be self-financing and self- governing but protected by Rotary.

"They will fund-raise and choose a community, school, national or international project."

If the group is successful, others could be set up across the town.

Mr King said several other secondary schools had already expressed interest in launching their own Interact clubs. …