At the start of 2010, a number of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Maroubra and Randwick decided to establish a walking group to foster informal discussion and networking while at the same time improving fitness. Rotary is a worldwide community organisation of motiviated individuals which belong to Clubs doing good for humanity, and stand by the motto ‘Service Above Self’.
Hence, ‘Rotary Walkers-Talkers’ was born. The group has undertaken regular Sunday morning walks commencing from the Darley Road gates of Centennial Park.
However, rather than following the conventional Park walking path, the group led by Rotarians Nick Jancev and Ross Johnson always walk ‘cross country’ traversing across and through park and walking past it’s many attractions including the Duck Pond, Pine Forest, and interpretative swamp.
Along the way while walking and talking, a number of community projects have been conceived by the Rotarians – including a Film Fundraiser night which has lead to organising a number of Rotary Mental Health First Aid Workshops at an affordable cost.
Rotary Walkers and Talkers Club
More recently, the walking group has ventured out into other parts of the Eastern Suburbs, including the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, Maroubra to La Perouse, Hyde Park to Kensington, and recently walking from Rushcutters Bay across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to celebrate it’s 80th anniversary. As well as Rotarians walking, friends and colleagues are also welcome along to.
More information and how to get involved is on the Rotary Walkers and Talkers Club webpage.
Are you involved in any community groups that either do physical activity together or make a contribution to the community? If you do, please tell us about them and what value you get out of your involvement. Also, are they relevant to Centennial Parklands and, if so, in what way?
This is a guest post by Rotarian Ross Johnson.