Young people’s exceptional achievements in supporting and helping others have been recognised and rewarded for a second year.
The Rotary Arun Youth Community Awards (RAYCA) were held at The Windmill Theatre, Littlehampton, last Wednesday to celebrate the wonderful work of young people from across the Arun district.
Rotary District Governor Peter O’Keefe presented certificates to 16 individuals and three groups, which between them totalled a further 34 young people.
The awards ceremony was presented by the Rotary clubs of Littlehampton, Arundel, Bognor Hotham and Bognor Regis, in association with Insight Rotaract Club of Littlehampton.
The clubs are determined to continue to develop this annual celebration of young people’s achievements and next year’s event will be held on Wednesday, March 22.
Peter Stemp, from Bognor Regis Rotary Club, said: “All of the nominees had shown themselves to be exceptionally caring, especially brave, or generously giving of their time to volunteer or raise money for charity.
“The nominations were given to the Arun Youth Council, who had the difficult task of selecting a winner in each of the three age categories and the one group category.
“The winners received a trophy and gift token in recognition of their outstanding achievements.”
Nominations in the 11 to 13 category were Chanella Bent and Isabella Haig, with Isabella the overall winner.
Nominations in the 14 to 16 category were Rebecca Goodier, Sophie Hyde, Emma Watson, Chloe Heaton, Poppy Shallis, Finn Roberts, Ryan Field, Sophie Cloud, Grace Eggins, Matthew Norrell, Peter Reavey, Rebecca Young, with Poppy the overall winner.
Nominations in the 17 to 19 category were Megan Spencer-Herring and Adam Grevet, with Megan the overall winner.
Nominations in the group category were Cyclone Young Leaders Unit, Felpham Community College 1 and Felpham Community College 2, with Felpham Community College 1 the overall winner.
Mr Stemp added: “A significant addition to this year’s awards evening was the inclusion of two excellent musical interludes, provided by students from West Sussex Music. The six young musicians, who all performed magnificently, included two vocalists and four instrumentalists.”
Pianist William Marshall played A Thousand Years by David Hodges.
There were two violinists, Harry Ward played Giga by Archangelo Corelli, while Kate Brewer played Meditation by Jules Massenet.
Louise Griffin played Seguidilla, from Carmen, by Georges Bizet on the viola.
Completing the programme were two vocalists, Rachel Marchesan singing Close To You by The Carpenters and Samantha Humphreys singing Almost There, from Princess and the Frog, by Randy Newman.
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