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Hugh Boyd’s Interact Club wins international video competition

Students in Hugh Boyd Secondary’s Interact Club took first place in the 2013 Rotary International Video Competition last week, beating competitors from 11 countries representing five continents.

Hugh Boyd’s Interact Club emerged victorious with their video submission Students Making a Difference, which highlighted five ways the Interact Club—sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset—has improved the world.

Interact Clubs are service clubs filled with students motivated to make a difference in the world and reach out to their local and global communities through volunteer work.

Hugh Boyd students proudly shared information in their winning video about the impact of events their club has put on, including collecting cans for the Richmond Food Bank, and sending 11 students to Africa this summer to partake in humanitarian work.

The video was evaluated by a panel of international judges, who deemed it the cream of the crop.

“We really wanted to emphasize the power of numbers,” says Interact Club co-president Shaane Nathu.

“The more people you inspire, the greater the impact of the project you’re working on. We tried to show that although we are only kids, we do have an impact on this society and on the world.”

He adds that one project the group was most proud of to include in the video was The Refilwe Project. The project sends several students—alongside Rotarian Magdalen Leung—every other year to Africa to help with humanitarian work at the Refilwe Orphanage, located south of Johannesburg, South Africa.

“We’re able to help them on a much more personal level and really see where the money we fundraise is going,” Nathu says. “It’s an amazing experience.”

Doug Park, video production teacher and Incentive Program co-ordinator, says Hugh Boyd’s incentive program has been giving back to the community for three decades, but only recently teamed up with the Rotary to become an official Interact Club.

“We’ve tried to instill the value of giving back to the community,” Park says. “Working with the Rotary club has opened the doors to many more opportunities and amazing role models who share the same philosophy.”

He adds: “Video is a powerful medium of expression, having the ability to document and share all the wonderful things the interact students have been doing. Through social media, other students around the world will be inspired to follow in our footsteps, contributing to youth making the world a better place.”

Hugh Boyd’s Interact Club is to receive a signed letter and engraved plaque from Rotary International president Sakuji Tanaka. Three runner-up prizes will also be rewarded to Interact clubs in Egypt, Nepal, and Chilliwack.

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