Rotary projects around the globe – April 2022

Projects Around the Globe

April 2022

By Brad Webber


In recent years, Rotary clubs in Grande Prairie, Alberta, have teamed with Rotaractors in semiannual collection drives that have netted basic clothing items for the needy. In late October, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie joined with fellow Grande Prairie clubs — Swan City, Sunrise, and After Five — and the Rotaract Club of Grande Prairie to recruit a local junior league ice hockey team for a “Tighty-Whitey Toss”: Fans showered the rink with new packages of socks and underwear to celebrate the Grande Prairie Storm’s first goal just a few minutes into a game against the Blackfalds Bulldogs. Local institutions serving homeless people distributed the articles a few days later. “We collected over 160 gallons of socks and underwear from this event alone,” among the 12,000 pieces taken in during the month, says Carrie Sandboe, a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. “They are the most-needed staple clothing but are the least-donated items to centers.”


After flooding in July triggered landslides that inundated the mountainside community of El Colli, the Rotary Club of Zapopan rushed to give clothing and other goods to more than 100 families displaced by the disaster. “We provided pantry items, about 50 bags of clothes, and soap, antibacterial gel, and other items for each family,” says Ramón Díaz Mendoza, the club’s president. The effort, mobilized by seven club members within a week of the deluge, was assisted by individuals from the local community. They delivered the items to El Colli, which lies on the outskirts of Guadalajara, about a 20-minute drive from the club base. The response was one of 13 initiatives tackled by the 17-member club in 2021. Predominantly centered on helping the Indigenous Wixárika people, the ambitious lineup included regular donations of food to those villagers and 12 computers donated to two schools serving the children of farm laborers, along with a continuing program to feed homeless people.