Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds

Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds

Location/Club:  Flemington-Kensington, 9800, Victoria, Australia
Keywords: CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Recycled Playgrounds, AUSTRALIA, Victoria, 9800, Flemington-Kensington, Sri Lanka, Tanzania
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Project Partners: Yarraville, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Colombo City, Sri Lanka (Rotary Club), Keilor East, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Richmond, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Flemington Kensington, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Ocean Grove, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Mount Eliza, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Mount Martha, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Ivanhoe, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Frankston North, Vic., Australia (Rotary Club), Negombo, Western Prov., Sri Lanka (Rotary Club)


We collect unwanted playgrounds from councils and schools and sends them to disadvantaged overseas communities.  Starting with a single playground to a girls school in Sri Lanka, this project has now collected over 40 playgrounds from across Victoria and sent them to Timor Leste, the Philippines and Tanzania as well as Sri Lanka.

Project Status: Ongoing

Start Date: 01 July 2019

Project last Updated: 16 August 2020

Project Impact
Volunteers: 70
Volunteer Hours: 3000
Cash Contributions: USD 3000
In Kind Contributions: USD 0

Project Contact(s)
Mr Peter Theodore Cribb, Flemington Kensington
Lesley Janice McCarthy, Flemington Kensington


We have developed the systems and processes to replicate

Millions of dollars of good quality school and council playground is sent to landfill, yet there are children in developing nations who never experience the joy of a playground to develop their skills and have fun

We get playgrounds that are at teh end of their lifecycle in Melbourne and using volunteers and plaground manufacturers, repair and repurpose them so they can then be shipped for installation in a developing nation with teh assistance of local Rotary Clubs

We supply at no cost to local communities and schools in developing nations, as new, safe playground equipment to bring joy to children and to help provide exercise that improves their mental and physical well being


  • We give children the gift of joy from simple play
  • We keep plastics and metals out of landfill
  • We engage manufacturers with the chance to give

Project More Info
The RORP story continues to grow and has now expanded across Victoria to encompass all Rotary Districts and has seen
4 containers shipped to date.

Our sincere gratitude to Laurie Fisher at DiK for his unfailing support and patience with loading, shipping and the truck.
We are exceedingly grateful to the support of Barb Champion at Play Australia; John Arena at Arena Gardens Playgrounds, Robert Garoffolo at Adventure Plus Playgrounds, Fred Haig & Rebecca Hiel at OmniTech Playgrounds.

There are now 25 councils involved and we have also partnered with a number of schools; each donor pays a small fee to contribute to shipping costs. Individual “cells” have arisen at Ivanhoe and Mount Martha where those Rotary clubs manage their own contacts, harvesting and delivery to Donations in Kind. A scoping plan is taking place to commence shipment to Nepal through one of our members and costings and connections re being explored.