Rosario Youth Club
The money raised from this year's Rosario YFC table quiz is going towards an unusual project run by the Youth Club to promote gratitude and generosity. The Perspectives Programme is exploring poverty and hardship at home and abroad with a group of young people, aged 16 to 18, trying to encourage them to be thankful for what they have and enhance their resilience.
Thirteen young people and three leaders will be travelling to Ethiopia next July to get first-hand experience of ‘extreme poverty’. The group will stay in a monastery for two weeks, meeting and helping people in shelters, schools, hospitals, community groups and old people's homes. They will share what they have learned with others when they come home.
The fundraising began last month when they opened the youth club up to ‘mind your child’ for the day when parents could start Christmas shopping or just lie on the sofa, which earned them £360. Along with the recent table quiz in the Parador, they are also holding a Christmas raffle.
Next year they plan some bag-packing and are looking forward to a ‘sponsored stay awake’ (although we doubt the leaders are!). They need to raise £12,000 for the project.
While it might be too late to sign up for this project, don’t forget that members of Rosario YFC are automatically members of the youth centre. They are open to juniors (6-10 years) on Mondays and Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8pm and Fridays 6 to 8pm. Seniors (11+ years) can pop in on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9.30pm, Wednesdays from 6.30 to 9.30pm, and Fridays from 8 to 11pm.
There is also a homework support programme for Juniors on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5pm, and a mentoring programme for Seniors is available.