FIVE young people – each nominated by one of the four secondary schools in Corby with the fifth from the town’s Tresham College – have been rewarded for their extraordinary efforts at a Young People of Courage event, staged by Corby Phoenix Rotary Club.
Held at the Holiday Inn in Geddington Road, club members applauded the youngsters’ achievements in meeting and overcoming challenges in their lives – such as illness, special needs or acting as a carer for others.
The ceremony was attended by Corby Mayor Anthony Dady and Rotary District 1070 Governor Ken Billigton, parents, guardians and staff from schools, colleges and other organisations plus Rotarians, their partners and guests. All were captivated and inspired when hearing of the youngsters’ accomplishments.
Local rotary president Mel Jarvis said: “When Corby Phoenix first considered the idea of these awards it was said that youngsters such as these are more often than not ‘under the radar’. Their achievements are, of course, recognised by their families, tutors and peers, but who else?
“We have no wish to embarrass them, but we sincerely hope when they leave here and in their future thoughts they will remember this event, when the rest of us were privileged to meet them and hear their story.
“That’s why we have organised this ceremony – to honour five young people from our community who, against all the odds, have shown tremendous courage in dealing with and overcoming difficulties in their personal circumstances.”
A personalised silver platter and framed certificate, plus a shopping voucher, were presented to each youngster by the rotary district governor who, together with the mayor, paid tribute to them for their fortitude.
Mel continued: “This is the first Young People of Courage event held by Corby Phoenix and we anticipate it won’t be our last. We have been very fortunate to have the support and sponsorship of organisations such as Joules clothing, Broughton Wines, the Corby Holiday Inn and BFK Design Associates plus club members for their time and organisation. Our special thanks to them in enabling us all to celebrate the lives of five very special young people – fantastic examples of their generation.”
Enquiries are already being made to senior educational establishments locally for nominations for a similar awards event in 2016.
Pictured above – YOUNG PEOPLE OF COURAGE LINE UP: From left are Rotary District 1070 Governor Ken Billington with John Glen, Kelsey Healey, Katie Donnelly, Gemma Morris, Nickie Binder and the Mayor of Corby Anthony Dady.