“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.






[CAPTION] Every person has something to give through the skills and talents that they use every day. Pictured above: a school before (left) and after (right) it was revitalised with the help of the Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project architects and engineers.

Whether you are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions or not, there is one thing that every person can commit to do more of in 2017: giving back to the community. The Rotary Club of Claremont believes that if every person commits to making community service a way of life, most of society’s pressing challenges will soon be solved.

“Every person has something to give towards society, whether it be time, money or a skill,” says Ian Robertson, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont. “One way of serving is through ‘vocational service’: using your unique talents and skill to make a difference.”

Vocational service mainly involves volunteering for, or even initiating, a community project that uses a person’s specific skillset that they use in their everyday professional lives.

“Most skills and talents can be used for the community. For example, we have engineers and architects assisting us with our Injongo Projects to revitalise schools; teachers assist with our early childhood development projects and businesspeople provide mentorship to the unemployed to start entrepreneurial ventures of their own,” explains Robertson.

With every person having something to give, Robertson encourages everyone to get involved in building the community in some way and concludes: “We all have a responsibility to help our neighbour.”

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.