Ro­tary helps Solomon Is­lands

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A CON­TAINER loaded with do­nated bi­cy­cles, school sta­tionery, pots and pans and even the kitchen sink is bound for the Solomon Is­lands, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Bund­aberg re­gional com­mu­nity and Childers Ro­tary.

Six mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club of Childers trav­elled to Bris­bane last Satur­day to load the con­tainer with the do­nated goods.

Club pres­i­dent John Cole said 156 bi­cy­cles had been wedged into the con­tainer along with 15 boxes of school sta­tionery and var­i­ous pots and pans.

“We even had three stain­less steel kitchen sinks, a wheel­chair and a walker among the items loaded,” he said.

“It’s the sec­ond time Childers Ro­tary has sent bikes to the Solomons. Late last year we were asked if we would like to un­der­take a sim­i­lar pro­ject.”

Mr Cole said peo­ple across the Bund­aberg re­gion had been ex­tremely gen­er­ous in re­sponse to a call for the do­na­tion of un­wanted bikes.

“The media has cer­tainly played a great role in as­sist­ing with this pro­ject and we were lit­er­ally swamped with of­fers,” he said.

“The con­tainer was loaded last Satur­day but will not ar­rive in the Solomons un­til mid-July. We ex­pect to have three or four club mem­bers on hand to un­load the con­tainer and dis­trib­ute the con­tents.”

Mr Cole said Matthew Wall from Wall to Wall Cy­cles had co-op­er­ated with Childers Ro­tary in col­lect­ing the bikes.

“Bund­aberg Po­lice also pro­vided a num­ber of bikes that had been in their pos­ses­sion for some time and un­claimed,” Mr Cole said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

JOB DONE: Childers Ro­tar­i­ans (from left) Graham Walker, John Cole, Wayne Hei­drich, Col Tay­lor, Don Grant and Ian McKay happy with their hand­i­work af­ter load­ing a con­tainer with do­nated goods bound for the Solomon Is­lands.

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