Food security is an ever increasing challenge in the Seaford region, a challenge the Rotary Club of Seaford wants to address. Skyrocketing bills and family breakdown often mean kids going without essential meals. Kids who turn up at school without a good breakdast in their bellies find it much harder to concentrate, with subsequent poor learning outcomes feeding a viscious cycle of poverty.
So when we found out about Breakfastbellies, a small family run food security charity right here in Seaford, we figured it made more sense to throw our support behind them than to reinvent the wheel and go it alone.
Paul and Chantel Walters are two of the most inspirational people you could ever hope to meet. Despite a busy family and work life, these local heroes bundle up and deliver donated food items almost every day for local disadvantaged families and support school breakfast programs.
The guys at Breakfastbellies work so hard to make a difference in the lives of locals doing it tough, and the Rotary Club of Seaford is committed to helping wherever possible. Here are a few examples of Rotary helping the helpers.
Responding to an emergency with a replacement freezer after a breakdown.
Donating Rotary Foundation Puddings for Christmas Hampers handed out to needy families.
Collecting Easter Eggs for distribution to children who would otherwise go without.
The generosity of the Walters family doesn't stop at Seaford though, Paul has been keen to support desperately poor communities in Cambodia after a working trip with Cows for Cambodia. Amongst other projects, the touring party provided swings for children who had never seen a playground. Our club donated 13 swings.
BB's Bikes for Cambodia
Paul's latest project is to fill and ship a container load of bikes for the Cambodian community he visited last year. A bike is very valuable in this region, allowing kids to get to school and parents to get to work and collect supplies. Paul put out the call for donations of unwanted bikes and had well over 300 donated. Rotarians have supported a repair and rejuvenation working bee and also helped load the bikes onto trucks, bound for a container at Donations in Kind. This is another Rotary program whereby quality secondhand medical equipment, computers and school furniture are stored at Edinburgh, SA for clubs to use in overseas projects. Rotary also arranges the containers and shipping, and our club is going halves in the shipping costs to get the container to Cambodia. In order to make the most of the available space in the container, Rotary is also contributing other supplies such as school and medical supplies, sporting goods and spectacles. We still need to help Paul raise just under $2,000 to ship the container to Cambodia. Please CLICK HERE to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation.