The club has reached agreement with the City of Boroondara to participate in the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project, which recycles playgrounds deemed obsolete locally but of immense value to children overseas. Born out of the Rotary 100th Anniversary project that will see a unique interactive play sculpture erected in 2021 at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn, the project will be led by the club's International Service Director Mark Howlett. The club is collaborating with the Rotary clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury and Hawthorn on the project.
The Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground program (RORP), is a successful Rotary project started by the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington, and now supported by more than thirty city councils in Victoria. The project will see the four Boroondara Rotary clubs agree to dismantle obsolete playgrounds and ship them to Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, the Philippines, Cambodia and other developing nations where they will be reassembled by Rotarians in the beneficiary country. Stay tuned for more information (and a call for volunteers!) in the New Year.
Watch the movie below to see the impact a recycled playground had on the children of Negombo, Sri Lanka.