“Service Above Self„
At the heart of our Club lies our social engagement. This means we organise, support, participate in and fund social projects.
We help out those who need it the most in Brussels by supporting local organisations in various ways. Some social initiatives have been ongoing for years, a result of our strong and long-term ties with the local community. As an international club, we also have been actively supporting a number of international projects in cooperation with Rotaract clubs from other countries, and even continents.
In general, we prefer to provide our time, energy and muscle power during social activities. Not for nothing, Rotaract stands for Rotary in Action. We however do raise money for charity during our biggest fundraising activity, the famous International Weekend.
Below you can find a couple of recent examples of the local and international social projects we're involved in.
If you feel motivated to make an immediate social impact in a fun atmosphere, we warmly invite you to join us. Remember, doing good, feels good!
Around Christmas time we lend a helping hand to a retirement home in the centre of Brussels. The tenants of the retirement home are from the least privileged layers of the city. During an afternoon, we provide company to the residents, chat with them, and serve cake and coffee. This way, we share the Christmas festivities together with song & dance. It's a lot of fun for all ages!
Fun fact: Due to the positive reactions, we agreed to have "Easter Bal Guinguette"!
Every autumn when the temperature drops, we help to set up a winter shelter for those without a home, providing a safe and warm place to spend the night. We often have to set up as many as 300 beds, or paint the walls of the shelter.
We contribute to the annual Action Damien activity in Belgium by selling the official Action Damien pens to raise money for the fight against Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Leishmaniasis.
The Rotary clubs of Brussels have worked on a project with ‘rolling douches’. The rolling douches are mobile hygiene services for homeless people living in the street and poorly housed. We provided financial support.
Saint-Joseph is a school for handicapped children located in Molenbeek. Every year the school develops a one week trip with some of the children. We provided financial support for this project.
Organisations like Samusocial collect clothes to hand out for the people staying in the homeless shelter, but it is really hard for them to get underwear, socks, toothpaste and toothbrushes. These are essential for everyone, so we decided to help them out and we started “Operation Culotte”! For years, we have bought big bags full of underwear, socks, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Guess they are in good hands now!
And many more...
Social Day of the District, Rise Against Hunger during EUCO Antwerp 2018, blood donation, collecting plastic caps for wheelchairs, surprising children with candy and fruit for Sinterklaas, support to Nepal after the earthquake of 2015, collecting warm winter clothes for the refugees in Brussels etc.
Project in Bulgaria
We also worked with Rotaract Sofia Tangra and donated money for new teaching and learning materials, projector and a laptop, specialised for the National School for Deaf Children in Sofia, Bulgaria. Several of our members went to the school and participated in classes where we saw all these materials being used by the teachers and their students. The project won an award for International Cooperation in Public Service at the End of the Year Conference of District 2482 – Bulgaria!
Project in Moldova
We collaborated with Rotaract Club Chisinau and renovated the kindergarden in a small village close to the Moldovan capital. Some of our members put the finishing touches to the outdoors area and made a beautifully decorated shelter where the kids from the village can play. This project won 3rd Price in the Best Twin Club Award of ERIC in 2017!
Project in South-Africa
Rotaract Hearts to South Africa is a project in collaboration with several Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and South Africa which helped the Yingisani School for the Deaf, located in outside Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province in South Africa. We upgraded the dormitorites of this school which is the home to hundreds of deaf orphans. This project was awarded 2nd Price in Best European Social Project with “Rotaract Hearts” in 2012!