At tonight’s meeting we had a Guest Speaker- Mark Clemow from Mt Barker Rotary, he spoke about Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds (RORP).
Our guest speaker was Rotarian Mark Clemow from the Rotary Club of Mount Barker who heads up the RORP (Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds) program here in South Australia. The Playgrounds that have reached their “use by date” here in Australia are being replaced by councils & schools with new ones. The old ones are going into landfill. Those Playgrounds are still usable and can benefit children in countries like Sri Lanka and throughout South East Asia. The program was started in 2019 by Rotary in Victoria, and so far, they have recycled 50 playgrounds. There are 2000 Playgrounds marked for replacement per annum in Australia. Club liaison with the local Council is essential to identify the Playgrounds marked for replacement. Each part needs to be identified and marked for reassembly before being shipped overseas. The shipping will be done through Donations in Kind (DIK) and the reassembly will be overseen by the local Rotary Club.
This is a “Hands On” project that’s a WIN-WIN! as it will reduce landfill waste here in Australia and gives the simple joy of play to children of the world.
Get in touch with the RORP SA team via Mark Clemow of the Rotary Club of Mount Barker via email: firstname.lastname@example.org