Kids Out Day 2010
A large party of Rotarian and Inner Wheel volunteers, helpers and staff took the 23 pupils of Mitchell House School, of which 16 were in wheelchairs, with ages ranging from 4 to 11 to Belfast Zoo.
We got the buses to take us all up to the top of the Zoo grounds as it would be near impossible to push the wheelchairs up – it’s extremely steep. First thing was a refreshment stop at the outside tables at the top with fantastic views – what great weather after 2 days of rain.
We first saw the lions as we started the downhill trip, hanging on desperately to the wheelchairs. Then we saw a tiger, chimpanzees, then onto the penguins, seals, peacocks, etc. We got down for lunch at 12.15 and had sausages, chicken or beef burgers and chips plus food for the Mitchell House staff in time for the first bus home at 1 pm. The younger ages had to be back earlier that the rest.
The older children were then given a fascinating talk provided by the Zoo. This also included showing us a tarantula (which was not appreciated by some!); a python and other snakes-which were taken in their stride and various other animals and insects. Finally we reloaded all the children and teachers back on the remaining buses. They all appeared to have had a really good time and gave us great waves as they left.
Our thanks, as always, go to all the helpers and the Mitchell House staff who are fantastic with the children.
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