Christina hails RYLA experience

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AT their meeting on Thursday (September 6), Kintore Rotarians were treated to a confident and upbeat presentation from their Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) candidate, Christina Robinson.

Christina was picked as this years’ successful candidate by Kintore Rotary to attend a week at Abernethy that included learning new leadership skills, team working, initiative and problem solving.

The RYLA Programme, which has been running for more than 40 years, sees young people between the ages of 14-30 selected and sponsored by local Rotary Clubs to attend the event, which is run by the local District Committee. There are separate boys and girls RYLA residential weeks.

Christina was one of around 70 girls who had to challenge themselves physically and mentally. Climbing in the Cairngorms, gorge walking, rock climbing and debating were a few of the activities Christina took part in during her week.

She felt that her week at RLYA had increased her confidence no end, and she now feels better equipped to take on new challenges and has decided to take on a ‘round the world’ gap year experience that will include a significant amount of voluntary work.

Happily she also made lots of friends, two of whom she says she is constant touch with. She thanked Kintore Rotary for the opportunity to be part of RYLA.

Rotarian Mike Kelman, who gave the vote of thanks, said Christina was a wonderful example of what is achievable from our young people attending RYLA, and thanked her for her cheerful and effusive presentation.