Canadian Interact club wins 2012 video contest
T he Interact Club of Hugh Boyd Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, is the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Interact video contest with its entry, Students Making a Difference.
The 80-member Interact club chose the theme, “Five ways my Interact club makes the world a better place.” The video tells the story of how club members collaborated on projects that made a positive impact both locally and internationally.
“When writing the script, our Interact club really wanted to emphasize the power of numbers,” says club president Shaane Nathu. “The idea we wanted to convey is that an initiative can start with just one person and grow from there. This concept makes our hopes and dreams to make a difference a reality. We may be just students, but we can have an impact on our society.”
Nathu says it took about two weeks to produce the video, which highlights five projects that his Interact club took part in with its sponsor, the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset.
Rotarian Magdalen Leung, a sponsor of the Interact club, says she knew the students had a good chance of winning the contest.
“Our Rotary club encouraged the Interactors to enter this competition because we have seen how committed and energized they are in every project they participate in. We realized their successes would make a great story,” says Leung. “The recognition of their outstanding work will help other young people participate in the work of Rotary.”
Says Nathu: “The best part of making the video was all of us coming together and working as a team. We understood how much of an impact this video could potentially have on other Interactors.”
The Hugh Boyd club will receive a letter from RI President Sakuji Tanaka and an engraved plaque. And its video will be featured for a year on RI’s Official Interact Video Contest YouTube page.
In addition to the grand-prize winner, three entries were selected as finalists: the Interact Club of Alexandria Sporting, Egypt, with Youth for the Future; the Interact Club of Kathmandu Mid Town, Nepal, with Today’s Tomorrow; and the Interact Club of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, with Interact 2062: How Interact Is Going to Change the World.
Want to hear directly from the winning Interactors? Join a Facebook chat on Tuesday, 22 January from 11:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Interactors from several of the winning clubs will explain more about their club’s service projects, and share how they transformed this community action into an award-winning video.