Roteract Club at SSU makes a difference
The Bahamian island of Eleuthera received a gift from the Rotaract club at Sonoma State University, a solution to funding their emergency vehicles, compliments of two grants and the dedication of three business students. The students raised funds, applied for and received a grant from Rotary clubs of Eleuthera, Rancho Cotati, and Rotary International to make it happen.
During a spring break trip in 2012 to spread social entrepreneurship, SSU business students were asked by the fire department of Eleuthera to help with a business plan to fund their department’s emergency vehicles. Miguel Garcia Cove, Earl Dunivan and Suroj Marajan dedicated themselves to helping this third world country come up with a solution to fund the emergency vehicles; one year later, their plan is becoming a reality.
The SSU students figured out a way to have yard debris collected throughout Eleuthera, and with the help of the grants, purchased an $18,000 wood chipper for the island. The yard debris now is converted into mulch and sold throughout the island, bringing the price down from $16.00 to $14.00 a bag. All of the proceeds now pay for gas, tires and the upkeep of their emergency vehicles.
“It’s not that hard to make a difference,” Earl Dunivan, recent Sonoma State graduate, stated. “This only took three people and it turned out to be bigger than I ever expected.”
Roteract is a Rotary sponsored service club for men and women ages 18 to 30 and are either community or university based. They follow the Rotary guideline of “Service Over Self.”