Retirees recycling police outfits
Residents at Shepparton Villages have been carefully separating badge from shirt from hundreds of old Victoria Police uniforms as part of a recycling project.
Shepparton police officers donated more than 300 shirts and pairs of trousers, with reworked uniforms to be donated to developing countries as part of a Rotary Club project.
Rotary clubs of Shepparton and Shepparton South have spent months working to remove the badges from old police shirts with the help of Shepparton Villages residents.
Yesterday, Kialla Gardens Village residents were presented with a certificate of appreciation to thank them for their work de-badging boxes of uniforms.
Shepparton Rotary Club president John Anderson said Shepparton Villages had volunteered their time to help club members unpick badges.
He said the uniforms were almost ready to be sent to Rotary’s Melbourne head quarters
“When both Rotary clubs are finished they’ll be sorted into sizes, washed and packed into boxes to be sent to Melbourne, where they will then send them to developing countries,” Mr Anderson said.
Kialla Gardens Village resident Bob Burkitt said it was wonderful to be involved in the project, where he helped de-badge dozens of uniforms.
“I used a Stanley knife and after taking off a couple of stitches, you could just pull them right off,” Mr Burkitt said.
“Some of them were sewn on by hand, so they were hard.”
By Jenna Bishop
As published in the Shepparton News, Wednesday, May 7, 2014