Rotarians host Kids’ Fun Day

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

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Nearly 600 disadvantaged pupils from 34 primary schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were entertained at a Fun Day organised by local Rotarians recently.

The Fun Day - which was held at SRUC Craibstone - was organised by a committee of Rotarians from 17 local Rotary Clubs.

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

The annual event, known as KidsOut, was established in 1994.

This year, nearly 600 helpers attended the event, including Rotarians, Rotaractors, Westhill Academy pupils, teachers and individuals.

The Rotary KidsOut Aberdeen event gave the children the opportunity to handle and observe small animals in the presence of students from Aberdeen College and to get up close to owls from the Owl and Pussy Cat display.

The children also got the chcance to go on horse or pony rides around a short track supported by Riding for the Disabled and Rotarian helpers - as well as short journeys in the carriage of a miniature diesel train.

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

A children's fun day was organised by members of a number of local Rotary clubs recently.

After getting their faces painted by Westhill Academy pupils and Ellon Inner Wheel members, the children helped the magician to spin some plates and watch his magic show.

Also present were members of the Satrosphere team and clowns who were helped the young visitors to throw bean bags at rows of ducks.

Committee Chairman Peter Newell from Stonehaven Rotary Club attended the event along with Lord Provost George Adam; Helen Shanks, Head of Inclusion Aberdeen City; and Sheena Anderson, Rotary vice chairman.

Commenting, one Rotarian helper said: “The kids really have lots of fun playing on the bouncy castles and knocking their friend over by hitting them with that soft rubber pillow. Most of them like to climb the tall wall. It was difficult to get them away from these fun activities.”

The police vehicles were another great attraction, with kids getting to sit in the driver seats and press the siren button, as well as a racing car which was a first at Kids Out.

The pupils received a goody bag on arrival at the site and also got a packed lunch with a tub of Mackies Ice Cream.

At the end of this exhilarating day the children took part in a disco on the lawn before heading back to school.

The organisers are grateful to the suppliers of the activities, many of whom provided them for free, while the rest provided activities and services at minimal cost.

The event costs around £13,000 per annum to run and organisers are always looking for sponsors for this charity (SC038228). If you wish to help in any way please contact Julien Brown or The Rotary Club of Stonehaven.