Donations to the Solomons
THE generosity of the people of Childers and the wider Bundaberg region was on display in the Solomon Islands recently with the distribution of donated goods to the Islanders by three local Rotarians.
Don Grant, Ian McKay and Wayne Heidrich have returned to Childers after spending almost a week in Munda in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands distributing a container load of donated items.
Childers Rotary president Graham Walker said the trio had distributed more than 150 bicycles, stainless steel sinks and a quantity of school stationery to local residents.
“The items were donated to Childers Rotary by residents across the region,” Mr Walker said.
As part of the distribution, the team selected about 30 bicycles that were handed out at a community distribution morning where about 600 tickets were provided to locals eager to source a bicycle.
“Many of the remaining bikes were in need of minor repair and Childers Rotary has trained a local man to assist with the repair and distribution of these bikes.
“This ensures that when bikes require repairs they are not discarded but there is a local person capable of undertaking repairs.
“This is the second container load of bikes Childers Rotary has sent to the Solomons in an effort to improve the transport options available to local residents.”
Mr Walker said Childers Rotary had funded more than $4000 to cover the cost to send the container to Munda.
Childers Rotary president Graham Walker The items were donated to Childers Rotary by residents across the region.
ROTARY: The crowd was anxious to get a ticket in the bike giveaway.
HELPING OUT: Childers Rotarian Don Grant handing a bike over to a local resident.