Rotarians from the Wokingham Satellite Club helped the Wokingham Young Carers Service to put on a Fun-Day to give a group of some 2-dozen local young carers the chance to let of steam and have some fun.
The event took place within the Wokingham district at Woodford Park in Woodley on Saturday 16th June. The Young Carers service adults had booked Coronation Hall and a large area of grassed playing field alongside. At 9am Rotarians Jon and Rob collected two go-cart kits and obstacles from Evendons School and pick-uped fellow Rosh en-route to Woodley where they met Young Carers Service adults and other helpers; Phillip, Janine, Alison, Naffessa, Chloe and Fysa. By 11am the activities were just about ready for the arrival of the first Young Carers.
Throughout the day the Young Carers enjoyed a range of activities including; football, rounders, make-up studio, face-painting, building and driving go-karts. For the go-karting, Rotary (Rob) had provided two go-kart kits and organised a series of obstacles for the drivers to negotiate; up and over a ramp, across a bridge (spanning a crocodile infested ravine), over the Wooden Alps and through the black-hole tunnel and back to the chequered finish flag (lap times were optional). Achievement awards were presented to all participants.
Building and launching rockets is always a favourite for children and they thoroughly enjoyed making their own 'pump' and 'stomp' rockets from plastic bottles, cardboard, paper and sticky tapes. Some designs were so good that they went over the ridge of the roof on the hall!
The face-painting and make-up stalls were busy all day. Here the children could take on the look of fantasy characters or have their nails brightly painted. A giant 'Jenga' style block tower was loaned by Jon and provided a pleasant 'quiet-time challenge' between the more energetic activities.
There was a fabulous spread of food for lunch and hot and cold drinks were served all day. The weather was kind to us on the day, though a dark cloud came over early afternoon and dropped a few spots, followed in 2 minutes by sunshine! By the end of the day some two-dozen children had clocked up a good few miles chasing balls, rockets and go-karts.
As a special treat, and to round the day off, we were all treated to a delicious ice cream and the day came to a close around 5pm.