Rotary completes day of service initiatives

Rotarians were joined by school pupils and other community-minded organisations when they dedicated time and effort to local projects.

Rotary Clubs of Bermuda teamed up with Keep Bermuda Beautiful for a clean-up and also set up playground and basketball equipment at the Transformational Living Centre for Families.

The exercises were part of a broader Rotary District 7230 Epic Day of Service in which Rotarians on the island and in New York were urged to undertake meaningful projects.

The clubs said the jobs were taken on “to demonstrate the connection between the two geographical areas and the impact of community service projects”.

Rotarians, with KBB, invited school pupils and others to a coastal and community clean-up at Riddell’s Bay on Saturday.

Volunteers bagged more than 3,200 pounds of roadside litter from the area.

Volunteers included pupils from Dalton E. Tucker Primary, West End Primary, Dellwood Middle School, Sandys Secondary Middle School, Whitney Institute Middle School, Mount Saint Agnes Academy and Warwick Academy.

Students from The Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy also volunteered.

The clubs said that Riddell’s Bay was chosen “due to the extensive presence of mangroves throughout the area and the Rotary Clubs of Bermuda’s continued efforts to restore mangroves across Bermuda due to their strong ecological benefits”.

The initiative was also an extension of the joint efforts of the Rotary clubs to restore mangroves at Lagoon Park in Sandys, a project that started in November 2022.

Two retired principals of Elliot Primary School participated in the clean-up exercise as part of the school’s 175th anniversary activities.

The Rotary clubs said the school was “well known for its environmental stewardship”.

A second day of service focused on family, social services and mental wellbeing when the play and sports equipment was constructed at the TLC for Families in Pembroke.

The Rotary Clubs of Bermuda said that Gordon McInally, the president of Rotary International, “has strongly advocated for Rotary clubs to help support the mental wellbeing of persons in the communities in which they serve”.

It was noted that the TLC provided “a nurturing, supportive and safe residence for homeless families and those experiencing housing insecurity”.

The clubs added: “The construction of the playground set was considered as a great means to ensure that the centre’s residents can better enjoy the outdoor space and take part in recreation.”

Highlighting the value of mental wellness, the Rotary clubs said the TLC project “lent support to the vision of the Rotary International’s president as well as the needs of the residents of Transformational Living Centre”.

Royal Gazette