Posted by Teresa Liu
It was a pleasure to welcome Peter Cribb, the founder of RORP, as guest speaker for the club meeting on Tuesday, February 16th.  The meeting was supposed to be held at KLTC and eventually Glenferrie Rotarians had to meet via zoom again after a fantastic BBQ night at KLTC.
Peter gave a talk about the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds project (RORP) at the club meeting a couple of years ago. The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has tried to catch up about the RORP project ever since.  In 2021, under the leadership of International Service Director Mark Howlett, the club has launched its first Glenferrie RORP project, with the support of Boroondara Council.  Welcome back this time, Peter Cribb.
Peter has a career firstly in education and then academic publishing.  He was a Director of Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Hitachi, both based in Cambridge UK.  On retirement Peter joined the Rotary Club of Flemington Kensington and has established a number of significant projects in Rotary.  He is the founder of the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds Project.
Peter outlined the RORP story.  He shared the story of his connection with Dr Eshantha the founder of Sputnik Girls’ Home in Sri Lanka, Donations in Kind, which has a facility in West Footscray, as well as local Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka.
RORP now has many supporters amongst Rotary Clubs in all Rotary Districts in Victoria, with many Municipal Councils, Schools, manufacturers, contractors and other businesses.  The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has kick-started its first RORP project. The RORP playgrounds have brought joy to the new generation of children in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Timor-Leste and Nepal.  Peter’s involvement in Children’s playground was by chance but fulfilling.