Greenbag Day, June 21st, 2009

Division : Community Service – Joint Program

Reducing the use of plastic bag has become a worldwide effort in order to save the environment. One way to replace the daily use of plastic bag is to promote the use of environment-friendly bag, or familiarly known as ‘Green Bag’.

Rotaract Club, through the Indonesian District of 3400, has organized a program regarding to the strive to promote the use of Green Bag. With a large numbers of greenbags distributed to over 20 Rotaract clubs all over Indonesia, here we are, the Rotaractors, plunging directly into the community to try to put some special places for this environment-friendly-bag inside the mind of the society.

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In the city of flowers, Bandung, the energetic Rotaractors chose the people’s Sunday market of Gasibu as the suitable venue for this awaited event. As some of you have probably known, in Bandung, every Sunday, the roads around Gasibu field are closed to give spaces for the traditional market vendors to sell their products. Therefore, hundreds of people crowd the area since early in the morning. That was the main reason of Bandung area’s three Rotaract Clubs : RAC Bandung Metro, RAC Bandung Bandung and RAC Bandung Sentral Kota Kembang in picking Gasibu Sunday Market as a target.

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So, on Sunday, June 21st, 2009, starting from 7 am, the members were already gathering at Taman Lansia, a society park located next to Gasibu field. Then the crews spreaded to different locations in order to offer the greenbags to whoever seen carrying plastic bags. The work felt quite difficult at the beginning, because many people were still skeptical, ‘what’s wrong with plastic bags? I’m not using that silly little bag of yours!’, hahaha… But as RAC crews provided them with the required informations regarding the benefit of using greenbag and the harm that plastic cause to the environment, we eventually succeded to give away our last greenbag at around 9 am.

In conclusion, it was a fun day. Some of the crews commented on why we the greenbags were so few, because they started to love giving away the greenbags for free (and free lectures on how nasty the plastic bags are, LOL…). Finally, the RAC crews went home happy, and inside everyone’s mind, they were wondering when will another RAC environmental program be held again. Well, charity can always be fun! Cheers…

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RAC Bandung Metropolitan Participated in ‘Balad Kuring’ Festival

Saturday, May 30th, 2009…

The Government of West Java was having a cultural-environmental festival called ‘Balad Kuring’… in English, it literally means ‘my friend’… the event was intended to promote people’s awareness toward the grave environmental problems that the nation is currently having, such as polluted air, burned forests, etc… that was why during that day, the event committee was also having the ‘Car-Free Day’ event to support the purpose…

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Rotaract Bandung Metropolitan also sent some of its members to participate in the event that day… along with Rotaract Bandung Sentral Kota Kembang, we formed some kind of stall which we filled with several goodies related to environment… Andi, from RAC BSKK, performed a computer program which called ‘Carbon Calculator’, a tool that enables us to calculate the number of carbon emission we take out each day…

This event was opened by Governor and Vice Governor of West Java Province along with the honorable Bandung City Major… hopefully this event can be more than contributive in promoting people’s awareness toward environment…

RAC Hongkong Visiting Bandung

division : International Service

On Monday, May 25th, 2009, Bandung Metropolitan Rotaractors were visited by Rotaractors from Hong Kong… to be precise, they were Rotaract Club of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which belongs to RAC District 3450…

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they were escorted to Bandung city by our colleagues at RAC Jakarta Semanggi… during the day, we helped them accompanying the Hong Kong crews conducting their activities in Bandung… at first, we had a visit to a special school on Jalan Singaperbangsa… there, we were having fun playing with the mentally unfortunate children and at the same time, listening to the explanation from the teachers… after finishing the activity at the school, we went to have lunch at Sundanese restaurant, Bumbu Desa… then the bus took us to see volcanic mountain Tangkuban Parahu…

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although the event just lasted a day, but we had so much fun in getting in touch with new friends from Hong Kong…

RAC Bandung Metropolitan on SUAVE Magazine, June 2009

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This is quite an honor, RAC Bandung Metropolitan was chosen to be featured on SUAVE Magazine’s page for ‘Community’… check out the nearest bookstore then go to the magazine stalls! grab the SUAVE Magazine, June 2009 edition then go to page 58! We’re all there…