Arbroath Rotary donation ‘sparkles’

Ian Wallace from Hermanus Rotary Club, South Africa is presented with �500 by Arbroath Rotary Club's Ian Grimmond and Bruce Currie.
Ian Wallace from Hermanus Rotary Club, South Africa is presented with �500 by Arbroath Rotary Club's Ian Grimmond and Bruce Currie.

Arbroath Rotary Club have donated over £500 to one of their international counterparts in South Africa.

The Hermanus Rotary Club in the Western Cape sponsors ‘Sparkle Kids’, a scheme which helps to enable gifted but disadvantaged black South African youths to gain the benefit of a university education as part of a major project.

Ian Wallace, past President of Hermanus Rotary Club, believes that many of the challenges facing Africa can be best addressed by well educated Africans.

“It is a very different society and many young people do not know they have the ability or means to change their future.

“Money raised for Sparkle Kids will go to helping get teachers to actually assist these youngsters to improve.”

With the help of the charity Qhayiya Secondary School, the only high school in the township of Zwelihle, Hermanus managed to increase grades from 32 percent to 66 percent in one year by bringing in isiXhosa speaking tutors and other educational specialists.

Mary Struthers, chair of the international committee at Arbroath Rotary, said: “We are very pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile and well-managed charity.”