Interact club exercises “service above self” at rodeo

By VINCENT CORTES

STAFF WRITER

 Rotary Interact recently volunteered at the Pro Rodeo Charity Event at the Industry Hills Expo Center on Sep. 23 and 24.

 The rodeo is a charity event hosted by The Gabriel Foundation that raises funds to help disadvantaged children. The event included activities such as knot tying, electronic bull riding and horse shoe games.

 During the event, volunteers helped collect entrance tickets, pass out programs and members at the food booths cleaned the equipment.

 Rotary Interact President senior Amy Tong says this event allowed people from different backgrounds to unite.

 “By volunteering, we are supporting a good cause while bringing a diverse set of people to one place to experience another culture and create [lifelong] memories,” Tong said.

 According to Head of Publicity junior Justina Chen, the rodeo served as a great way to give back to the community, putting the club’s motto,“service above self,” in place.

 “[By] volunteering at the rodeo, they do not need to hire [that many] workers, allowing more of the funds to go towards children in need,” Chen said.

 Senior Stephanie Tam says that she felt  more involved in the community by volunteering.

 “There was a festive environment, because everyone was dressed in western style,” Tam said. “I was also able to meet the founder of our school, Principal John Kramar.”

 Interact’s next event will be AID’s Walk on Oct. 15.

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