By Frank O’Brien, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne.
It has been a busy week for some members of Central Melbourne. supporting Donations-In-Kind (DIK).
Saturday 18 June - We had a team of 11 (coincidentally same number for Echuca Steam Rally the weekend before) volunteering for duty at the Rotary District 9800 West Footscray warehouse. Stalwarts such as Yang Pu, Herb & Leonie Greenwood, Peter & Sue and son (welcome newcomer) Tony Duras, Roger Thornton, Rob Hines, Frank & Pauline O’Brien and Gabe Hau, former President of Rotary Club of Southbank.
Firstly, there was a certain degree of mirth as DIK Manager, Laurie Fisher, challenged a number of the males to match and pair scores of crutches donated by one of the major Eastern suburbs hospitals. Slowly but surely, we gathered confidence and, by the end of this exercise, we actually knew what we were doing!!
Secondly, whilst this activity was being pursued, the ladies were setting up a production line whereby hundreds of large boxes of clothing donated by corporates (including ASX listed companies) were being unpacked, de labelled, sorted, differentiated by clothing types such as skirts, blouses, shirts, polos, coats etc. and then repacked into various categories (over 1000 shirts and blouses packed as an example). One can imagine there will be some very happy schoolgirls and schoolboys in their new white school outfits in East Timor. Later the men joined in and apart from a brief enjoyable morning tea break, we worked non-stop through to 1.00pm. What was achieved was amazing. Suffice to say, members of our club are welcome anytime at DIK!!
It is expected that all goods will shortly be placed into a container bound for Timor Leste.
Thursday 23 June – One of our generous corporate supporters who supplies Target and other such retailers, once again was looking to offload surplus stock “to a good home”. Our Club again heeded the call and Peter Duras, Kevin Walklate and Frank O’Brien met at their South Melbourne office/showroom, collected and delivered some 25 large boxes of quality merchandise to DIK. Items included Disney licensed products such as school bags and pillow cases, quilt covers and T shirts. For Mik Wells’s benefit et al, Peter Duras later dropped off 3 boxes to Shine for Kids in Footscray.
DIK is an amazing conduit for international and local welfare. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne International Committee, thank you to the many members who have helped with our Working Bees and urgent calls during the year. To those who haven’t had the opportunity to do so, make 2016/ 2017 your year!!
In just one week, the RDIK is an amazing conduit for international and local welfare and Rotary Club of Central Melboubr. On behalf of the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne International Committee, thank you to the many members who have helped with our Working Bees and urgent calls during the year. To those who haven’t had the opportunity to do so, make 2016/ 2017 your year!!