On Saturday, June 4th Rotaract The Hague – Scheveningen helped the Food Bank Haaglanden (Voedselbank Haaglanden) with several chores. The work consisted of upgrading the outdoor area (patio) used by the volunteers of the Food Bank and painting the canteen. Both areas were in desperate need of a makeover, and, as summer is coming soon, especially the outdoor seating had priority.
However, first we were guided through the distribution center and got some explanation about the organization of Food Bank Haaglanden (within The Hague, the Netherlands and even within Europe). For example we were told that some food banks have a surplus of milk products and other food banks receive too many tomatoes and cucumbers. The surpluses will be equally divided among other food banks so that each client of the food bank can receive the best package.
We performed this activity in cooperation with four members of The Hague Social Club. We had nice interaction and the work was easily done. Furthermore, the Food Bank prepared a delicious lunch for us which we could eat outside while enjoying the sun and our upgraded outdoor seating. After lunch, we finished the paint work and returned home, tired but satisfied.
For more information on the Food Bank Haaglanden please visit http://haaglanden.voedselbankennederland.nl/
Rotaract Den Haag – Scheveningen is a regular guest at city farm ‘De Woelige Stal’. For the fourth time, we have been helping out at the farm in order to make the farm look at its best. This time we have refurbished the nature trail, constructed an insect hotel, and finished half of a path with shells. (Unfortunately, the stock of shells wasn’t enough for the enitire path.)
After performing intensive tasks in the morning, it was time for the animal program. The goats, born lambs and piglets got a beauty treatment which made them (and us) extremely happy. Moreover, a day of hard work and enjoying the sunshine is what suits our Rotaract members best.
Also this year, Rotaract Den Haag – Scheveningen took again part in the nationwide NLDoet activities. This year we helped Stadsboerderij the Molenweide. The work consisted of carpentry as well as improvements to the environment. We made new planters, which will be planted with hanging strawberries. In addition, some planters were replanted with flowers, and painted with blackboard paint. Then there was some digging to be done; the outside quarters of the rabbits had to be raised with sand. Here already some muscle power was needed, but when it was done some more was needed to provide the entrance to the field for goats and sheep with new dry sand, otherwise they would sink away in the mud. Because it was almost Easter, there were finally some Easter branches made which will be adorned by the children during the week before Easter and brought to the eldery.
We have also been able to enjoy a good lunch (with pancakes and milk from the Molenweide!). To top it off we were able to pet the newborn lambs at the end of the day. A few days before we came, two black lambs were born, and the night before we were two white lambs. Spring has really arrived!
Rotaract Club Scheveningen celebrated her 7th lustrum on the 25th of October! A close group of alumni, friends of other clubs and current members came together to reflect on the activities of our club and its future.
We then visited the Humanity House, an interactive museum about the journey a refugee has to make. It was an impressive visit which helps you to understand the fear, frustration and stress a refugee experiences. Well worth a visit!