Youth Speaks: A Debate

A grounding in debating

Youth Speaks: A Debate, another long-standing nationwide competition run by Rotary across the country, aims at giving young people an experience in debating and public speaking that will benefit them forever.

Teams are drawn from senior schools and, depending on their age, compete in junior, intermediate or senior categories. Each team has three members – chairperson, proposer and opposer – who have 15 minutes to debate a subject of the team’s choice.

The winners in each age group go forward to the district heat… and maybe further. A team from Roundwood Park School is a past national winner and Beechwood Park School won the national final this year.

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Third time for quiz winners

This year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes was won by just 4 points by ‘Measure for Measure’, who have taken part in all 27 years of the competition!

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Modular homes revive Ukrainian village 

Local Rotarians pictured with one of the 124 temporary modular homes that have helped to house residents of Moshchun, a village near the Ukrainian capital, where Russian bombardment destroyed or severely damaged 70% of the buildings. 

Their appeal to other Rotary clubs brought support from 12 countries including Britain. Our Ukrainian Quiz Night, held in November, raised funds for furniture and other household essentials.

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Ready to receive 

Some 19 months ago Rotary in Harpenden took on a project to raise funds to equip a new operating theatre being built at the Kyengera Women’s hospital in Wakiso, near Kampala, Uganda.  

We had the task of raising the equivalent of US$5,000 to get the $30,000+ project off the ground.

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