Young Rotaractors from Croatia and Slovenia Come Together to Clean Adriatic

Daniela Rogulj

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Rotaract Club Split

An incredible effort by the Rotaract members of Croatia and Slovenia!

Have you ever heard of a “Rotaract”? 

A Rotary Club Partner, the Rotaract is a worldwide organization of young adults, aged 18-30, who are united under the goal of making the world a better place through leadership, the exchanging of ideas, activism, humanitarian work, travel and friendship. First beginning in 1968 as a Rotary International program in the United States, today, the project has grown into a Rotary-sponsored organization with over 9,522 clubs and over 290,000 members (Rotaractors) worldwide. The club members focus on Club Service, Community Service, International Service and Professional Development.

Over the last week, a fleet of sailboats with more than a hundred young Rotaractors sailed the Adriatic Coast as part of REST, the Rotaract European Sailing Trip, reports Dalmacija Danas on September 16, 2017. 

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Rotaract Club Split Facebook

REST, which was held for the fourth year in a row, included two clubs from Slovenia (Ljubljana and Celje) and the Split Rotaract Club in their last two projects. Their latest project, which was centered on the idea of a ’Peaceful Sea’, gathered and connected members from all over the world in socializing and sharing their experiences while sailing the Adriatic and cleaning up the coast. As expected, in the spirit of the Rotary, the trip was also complete with a humanitarian element.  

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Rotaract Club Split Facebook

During the week-long trip, the Rotaractors held a series of small cleanup activities on the coves of the Adriatic islands, ending the final day of the cruise at Marina Kaštela where a donor dinner was held. At the dinner, the Rotaractors raised 2500 EUR for the children’s home in Split, Maestral. This fundraiser also provided a seven-day sail for the residents of Maestral just as it did last year.

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Rotaract Club Split Facebook

“This project is a continuation of a series of events that the Rotaract Club of Split holds in their community, and we believe that it is a good example to show people that, despite border disputes, Croats and Slovenes know how to work together very well and get along positively,” concluded the Rotaract Club of Split.

Translated from Dalmacija Danas


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