New Chapter for Food Van
Our local community is very familiar with the Karrinyup Swapmart, which is administered by the Rotary Club of Scarborough. In 2005, RC Scarborough recognised the need for provision of a dependable supplier of breakfast food and drinks to customers at the Swapmart and approached RC Karrinyup. Our club was able to see the potential for a steady fundraising activity, which involved the whole club.
Initially, a borrowed van was used for the purpose, but sometimes there were availability problems. Following a feasibility study, it was decided to build our own van and the shell was constructed over the 2005 – 2006 Christmas/New Year break. Equipment was sourced and the interior fit out was completed thanks to Ivo Cabinets. Club members operated the van on a roster basis for a number of years with assistance from the Karrinyup Inner Wheel. This provided a steady income stream for the club enabling us to fund many wonderful Community, International, Vocational and Youth projects.
With the approach of Sunday trading, the club anticipated that the operation of the Swapmart, together with the Foodvan might no longer be possible. At the same time, it was recognised there was potential for a Farmers Market to operate on Sunday mornings within the Karrinyup area and preparations began to make this a reality. While it was a slow and sometimes difficult process the Stirling Farmers Market finally opened on 4 December, 2011 and has now enjoyed six successful years.
RC Karrinyup continued to operate the Food Van until 2012, when the work was taken over by the RC Cunderdin to fund an orphanage in Cambodia. As well as being a regular weekly supplier at the Karrinyup Swapmart, the van was used by RC Karrinyup from time to time at other events within the community, including the Karrinyup Rotary Fair at Tuart Hill, the Osborne Park Hospital Carols by Candlelight, Jack the Wagtail and the City of Stirling Reconciliation Walk. When the Cunderdin club was no longer able to supply personnel for the van’s Sunday operation, this task was taken over by RC Balajura – Malaga as a fundraising activity.
A few months ago, RC Karrinyup directors made the decision to ‘gift’ the van to RC Balajura-Malaga so that it could continue to be used for charitable works and projects.
Recently, the handover was formalised, when a small contingent of RC Karrinyup members attended the RC Ballajura-Malaga weekly meeting and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all.
RC Balajura-Malaga President Clint Fricker extended a warm welcome and expressed the Club's gratitude to RC Karrinyup for making the "donation" of the Foodvan to assist them in their service work. Clint then made a formal presentation of the $1 payment for the ‘purchase’ of the van necessary to complete the formalities.
From RC Karrinyup’s perspective, it is a great way for the van to carry on its charitable work and we are happy to see it put to good use. Although Balajura-Malaga is a small Club, the members are very enthusiastic, have strong involvement and are committed to the ideals of Rotary.