Rotary youth partner with Shane's Inspiration
Rotaractor Sergei Belokonnyi of the Rotaract Club of West Los Angeles, California, USA, plays with Parker Silcock, 11, from Huntington Beach, California.
The smiles were plentiful as members of Rotary youth programs helped children with disabilities slide down slides, crawl through tubes, or ride on swings at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Rotaractors , Interactors , and RYLA participants attending the 2008 RI Convention in June spent a morning at the 2-acre playground playing with children and helping them with arts and crafts.
Shane's Inspiration is a nonprofit started in 1997 to honor Shane Alexander, who was born paralyzed and lived only two weeks. The organization aims to build universally accessible playgrounds throughout Southern California, USA, for children with or without disabilities. The public playgrounds are designed to accommodate children with leg braces and crutches or who are in wheelchairs.
The Griffith Park location, the first playground built by Shane's Inspiration, features special equipment in a modern, safe, and creative environment.
Because of the RI convention, the joint service project brought together Rotary youth program members from around the world. Collaborating with Shane's Inspiration was a natural fit because of its message of acceptance and tolerance for children with disabilities.
"This service project has been a unique and special experience," said former Rotaractor Megan Cotugno, now a member of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach, California. "Shane's Inspiration built a beautiful playground. They are a great organization to partner with."