Young Rotarians build a better world - with Lego

ROTARY’S newest club in Warrnambool is going to start by playing with Lego — then move on to international development. 

Defying Rotary’s reputation as a group for older generations, the Interact Club of King’s College is promising to introduce some young goodwill. 

“Interact clubs are the school-aged part of Rotary,” King’s College principal Ian McKay said. 

“It’s about creating the opportunity for young people to serve their community.

“It started last year but we had to get approval from Rotary International.” 

With 16 new members the group has its sights set on helping the South-West Brick Club program — sessions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that use Lego as an enjoyable form of therapy. 

But there are also bigger plans. 

Like all Rotary clubs, the King’s College group will have to take on an international project. 

“The students are yet to decide what international project they’ll do,” Mr McKay said.

“The students will decide with guidance from teachers and supervisors. We want it to be student-led.” 

The Interact Club was officially launched on Monday night, with support from the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Daybreak. 

Under Rotary guidelines new clubs must be sponsored by existing ones, Mr McKay said. 

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