Kerikeri puts desks in Vanuatu schools

Kerikerians have helped put new desks into Vanuatu schools, possibly without even knowing about it. The Rotary Club of Kerikeri has contributed $3,000 from money it raised from the community to a US$59,000 ($75,500) pan-Pacific Rotary initiative to provide 1,200 pupils at rural Vanuatu schools with a better learning environment.

Vanuatu schoolchildren sit around five desks built in Vanuatu and paid for by Rotary clubs in northern New Zealand and across the Pacific region.

Vanuatu schoolchildren sit around five desks built in Vanuatu and paid for by Rotary clubs in northern New Zealand and across the Pacific region.

The Kerikeri contribution joined those from other Rotary clubs north of Auckland and from as far afield as Tasmania and Canada.

Kerikeri Rotary supports predominantly local youth and community development projects. A small proportion of the money it raises each year goes towards projects in the Pacific or elsewhere internationally.

And it’s not one-way traffic. Club President Bruce Mathieson said details would be announced soon of a US$102,000 ($130,000) Rotary International literacy project benefitting schools across the Far North. The initiative is being co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Kerikeri and will be implemented for the start of the 2015 school year.

“It’s quite appropriate that the Rotary logo is a wheel, or a cog,” Mathieson said. “Because in the world of Rotary it’s very definitely a case of what goes around, comes around.”

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