Posted by Alex Marshall on May 23, 2022
Last Tuesday Rowan McClean from the North Balwyn Rotary Club spoke to us about their program of practical support for the many hundreds of Afghan refugees who have arrived in Melbourne during the past few months.
He has made contact with an Afghan community group in the Dandenong area and the North Balwyn Club members, together with friends, have provided all manner of items necessary for establishing a home. They have provided bedding, furniture, linen, white goods, crockery, glassware and a whole range of kitchen utensils. In addition, clothing, toys, books, sewing machines and old computers have been supplied.
Rowan has arranged a depot for collection of donated goods prior to transportation to a storage location in Noble Park. So far they have delivered 82 van loads of  donated goods, which is quite extraordinary. The local depot is a garage at the Koonung Heights Uniting Church, 417 Belmore Road.
It would be marvellous if our Club were able to contribute and indeed many of us have items of furniture, clothing etc, etc that we never use but are in good condition. Helena Wimpole has agreed to act as a liaison between our two clubs in order to arrange a time to deliver donated goods to the depot.
Everyone is encouraged to be involved and please feel free to involve any friends in this project.
Many thanks

Alex Marshall
Community Service Director