Nine Interact Club members from Townsend are going to Guatemala in June. Interact is a Rotary sponsored community based youth service organization with over 20 students from Broadwater High School. The students will travel to Guatemala for over a week to work on a service project with Maya Pedal, visit Rotary water projects in the area, and tour some Mayan ruins. To help pay for the trip, the Interact and Rotary Clubs are sponsoring a Trivia and All You Can Eat Taco Night at the Fairgrounds 4H Building on Saturday May 11. The social hour starts at 5 pm catered by the American Legion. Tacos will be served from 5:30 to 7 pm. Trivia will run from 7 to 9 pm. There also will be a silent auction and door prizes. Bring a team of eight or bring your brains and they will pair you up with smaller teams or other singles.
Please join us and show your support for our local youth making a difference in our community and across the globe! Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and children under 6 are free. Tickets are available from Interact or Rotary members or will be sold at the door. Please call Jen Lane, Interact Club Advisor, for more information at 980-0445.
Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. They accept bikes donated from the USA and Canada which they either recondition to sell, or they use the components to build a range of "Bicimaquinas", (pedal powered machines).
Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise.
Maya Pedal also makes water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders (for making soaps and shampoos as well as food products), trikes, trailers, and more.
For more information about Maya Pedal please visit: http://www.mayapedal.org/ .