Flinders Rotaract students head north

rotaract1Student members from the newly established Rotaract Flinders University club will be rolling up their sleeves at Edinburgh this weekend to dispatch goods collected for developing countries by Donations In Kind.

The result of an initiative by six southern suburbs Rotary clubs and the Flinders Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (SKTP), the Flinders club was formed in March this year by students with a keen interest in matching their studies with service to the community. The club has 42 inaugural members and is growing.

On April 9 and 10, student Rotaractors will be sorting goods and packing them into shipping containers for delivery to developing countries.

NGO Donations In Kind collects used books and medical equipment, including computers and even hospital beds, which are no longer needed but are in good working order. They are warehoused at Edinburgh until they are sorted and shipped by Rotary.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Flinders students to develop leadership skills, meet new friends and work on initiatives that serve the local and international community, in a safe and supportive environment,” said SKTP’s Manager of Industry Partnerships, Ms Kathryn Anderson.

“The support by local Rotary clubs also provides the students with specialised knowledge and experience in business and community projects.”

Rotaract’s national President, Ms Alana Wilson, said the club focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces.

“Throughout my years of involvement with Rotaract, I have continually seen how this experience shapes the lives of young people”, she added.

Ms Kate Flack, a second year student of business and international studies, is inaugural president of Rotaract Finders University.

“I am really excited about the projects that Rotaract Flinders Uni will develop this year; this weekend is just the start. I encourage students to join”, Ms Flack said.

For more information visit Rotaract at Flinders University on FaceBook to www.facebook.com/rotaractflinders or email Kate Flack rotaractflinders@hotmail.com

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