The 30th annual Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari in October 2017 raised a record sum of more than $30,000.
The club uses the money from the Garden Safari and other fund-raisers to support youth and community development projects both across the Mid North and internationally.
“Our focus is definitely on youth and community development, and this isn’t going to change,” said the Club President. “Any suggestions that meet these basic criteria will be warmly welcomed.”
Ideas can be submitted on the Rotary Club of Kerikeri’s website . Just click on the ‘Suggest’ tab in the Get Involved section.
About 700 people visited the 18 gardens on display last October , which ranged from small urban sections to large blocks.
Rotarian and Garden Safari organiser Neil Blanchfield said the task of finding new gardens each year was always a challenge, but that the standard and rich variety of gardens across the area gave the club plenty of choice.
Blanchfield said he was “delighted” by the success of the 2017 year’s event and wanted to thank the people of the Mid and Far North for their ongoing support
“We put the money to work but it’s really your money, your contribution,” he said. “Quite literally, we wouldn’t be able to do it without you.”
Funds raised by last year’s event went towards the club’s Dictionaries in Schools project and supporting causes such as Mid North youth leadership training initiatives and community growth and development, healthcare and welfare projects.
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