New playground installed for special needs kids

During COVID-19 lockdown, members of the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, Qld, together with the Currumbin Community School for special kids, installed four pieces of state-of-the-art playground equipment in the Gold Coast school’s grounds.

The Explorer Net Mount Gingera, Whirly Go-round (for wheelchair users), Revolving Sand Table and Bed of Beads equipment have been specifically designed for children with special needs to improve their life skills.
In addition to this equipment, club members installed new rubber matting and turf, with assistance from the neighbouring Rotary Club of Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed.

The improvement project, at a cost of more than $50,000, exemplifies the club’s commitment to do good within their local community.

The idea for the playground originated three years ago with then President Richard Spencer and was backed by then President-elect Allan Barnett, together with club members and the District Foundation team. However, a global grant application to The Rotary Foundation was declined.

Instead of being demoralised, club members staged Bunnings barbecues and a black-tie dinner to raise funds for this important community need. Past President David Ungar was successful in applying to the Australian Gaming Fund for a $35,000 grant on behalf of the school to complete this community service project.

Once COVID-19 restrictions are fully eased, an opening ceremony is planned for August. The school has agreed to have a Rotary recognition plaque installed at the playground. This is a magnificent achievement for the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads, which will celebrate 65 years this October, and is the home club of District 9640 Governor Andy Rajapakse.