A GROUP of children with special needs from Eastbourne enjoyed a memorable time when they took part in the annual Rotary KidsOut Day, the largest day out for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Forty-one children from Hazel Court School and their carers enjoyed a fun packed day at Drusillas Zoo Park organised by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne.
Mayor of Eastbourne Mike Thompson waved off the students from their school in Larkspur Drive before they travelled to Drusillas where they spent time touring all of the displays and meeting the animals, as well as enjoying a picnic lunch, and having a train ride.
Marking the 23rd anniversary of Rotary KidsOut Day, more than 20,000 children and their carers from across the country are taken on trips to the seaside, zoos, safari parks, museums, theme parks, and farms across the UK, organised by members from hundreds of Rotary clubs.
As part of the national event, more than 100 venues will be visited with more than 1,700 volunteers, supported by local authorities, police and fire services, working to ensure the day is as safe as it is special for children and their carers.
Simon Dodds, president of Rotary Club of Eastbourne, said, “Days out like this give children the opportunity to experience and discover new things and the effects of something as simple as having fun can last forever.
“All our Rotary volunteers love taking part in the KidsOut Day because it is a day filled with laughter and you can tell by the smiles what a difference it is making to these children.
“Rotary strongly believes in the importance of promoting fun and happiness for disadvantaged children and young people irrespective of background or circumstance.”
The Rotary KidsOut Day is organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and more than 350,000 children have benefited from a fun-packed day out since it began.