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Wednesday the 8th of June 2005 saw The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields and teachers from Castlebar School in Ealing take a group of children to Thorpe Park as part of the annual Rotary Kids Out Day.
The event is organised by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and supported by KidsOut, the national charity which provides fun and happiness for disadvantaged or special needs children.
The Hanwell & Northfields event was organised by David Brakespear who had responsibility for liaising with the school and the other parties who where generous enough to donate their time and facilities for the day.
The event has been run annually since 1990, In 1990 just 3 clubs took part and 225 children were taken out for the day. 2005, the 16th year of the event, saw over 20,000 children being taken out for the day, supported by 750 Rotary clubs.
Castlebar School is a school for children with learning difficulties, they have approximately 85 pupils, ranging from the age of 4 to 11 years. For this year's Day Out children between the age of 5 and 8 years were nominated by the school to take part in the event. The day started at 09.30 when drivers from The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields and WS Bonds of Ealing (who were kind enough to donate 2 limousines for the day), loaded everyone on board and set off for Thorpe Park.
Arriving just after 10.00 hours with the sun shinning brightly, the children and, truth be told, most of the adults proceeded to have a fun packed day going on as many rides as possible and also visiting the pet zoo. We are sure most of the children would have liked to stay longer, a tired group of people left the Park at about 15.30 hours and made their weary way back to the school, all looking forward to next year when the event will be run again.