Updated: Apr 30, 2020
By Marianick Villegas, Rotaract Club of San Francisco Del Monte Malaya Achievers
Nothing can stop the youth, not even the highly contagious pandemic COVID-19. Youth leaders and members from the Rotaract Club of San Francisco del Monte Malaya Achievers of Rotary International District 3780 prove that distance and time are not hindrances to conducting service projects. During the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon this March, it has been conducting virtual projects to encourage members to take part in aiding health workers and emergency frontliners. At the same time, the Rotaract Club inspires the Rotaractors and Rotarians locally and globally to take advantage of being pressed to stay at home by expanding knowledge and skills through online learning.
These two projects are P50JECT and eLearning Challenge. The P50JECT, with the tagline "Php 50 para sa PPE," is an online fundraising campaign that aims to fund the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontliners working in Quezon City. It allows Rotaractors and the general public to provide support while at home through online donations. With a minimal donation of Php 50, the public is enjoined to strengthen the community's defense against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, eLearning Challenge motivates the Rotary and Rotaract community to visit the Rotary Learning Center (https://learn.rotary.org) to take various training resources. Regular members as well as club and district leaders can expand their knowledge of Rotary and related activities. These resources are also useful in preparing clubs and districts for the upcoming Rotary year.
Learners can access the platform anytime and learn at their own pace. Some courses can be finished in five minutes, while some last for an hour. The eLearning Challenge is a great way to maximize time while at home to become a better Rotary leader. The Rotaract Club will be giving a prize to the first five Rotaractors per type of eLearning card (i.e. club member, club officer and district leader) who will complete the prescribed eLearning courses. As the club is also the lead host of the District Rotaract Representatives Elect (DRRE) Training Seminar, it was also able to secure the commitment of the DRREs to take the eLearning courses as contingency plan in case the activity will not be feasibly done face-to-face by June 2020 due to COVID-19.
Indeed, Rotaractors are naturally innovative and persistent in doing service projects. Despite the distance between each member, the Rotaract Club of San Francisco Del Monte Malaya Achievers is still able to be creative with their projects while helping its respective community and inspiring fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians to take time for self-driven development. Regardless of any challenge, Rotaract clubs will continue to live up to the test and trials of life.