Making dreams come true

Esk Valley Rotary Club member Elaine Henderson with members of the Dalkeith Rugby Under 16s team whom the club has previously helped.
Esk Valley Rotary Club member Elaine Henderson with members of the Dalkeith Rugby Under 16s team whom the club has previously helped.

The new president of Esk Valley Rotary Club has launched an initiative aimed at helping Midlothian youngsters pursue their dreams.

Gordon Young said: “This is the 15th anniversary of our founding and the club is very keen to mark the occasion by trying to help 15 Midlothian youngsters achieve their dreams.”

Working in conjunction with schools and youth organisations, the club will ask youngsters of secondary school age to submit a proposal on what their dream is, what they want to achieve and what they need to do this.

The proposals will be assessed against an agreed criteria and a shortlist drawn up. Youngsters successful at this stage will be asked to make a personal submission to members of the club, with the 15 successful youngsters chosen from these submissions.

Examples of the kind of ‘Dream’ that may be eligible would be a youngster who wants to pursue a specific sports interest but needs assistance with equipment, or a youngster who has a desire to enter a specific business sector or trade but requires help and/or advice on how to do this.

The club will assist the youngsters financially up to £500 per person, and will also provide practical assistance through its network of business and social contacts.

The programme will run over the next three years.

Youngsters who are interested in applying, or leaders of youth organisations who feel they have a suitable candidate, can contact Gordon at gordonpathhead@hotmail.co.uk