As public health and social service funding continues to suffer an ever-tighter squeeze, the role played by organisations like Rotary in filling the gap becomes increasingly important.

Our club gets involved through providing equipment where it is most needed; a defibrillator here, wheel chairs to special needs organisations there. Tracking devices for dementia patients somewhere else.

We provide local schools with resources for their dyslexia programmes. And we support the literacy tutor at Ngawha Prison, not only through the provision of books and dictionaries but also with funding for specialised training.

We were a regular contributor to the Project Promise drive to build a cancer treatment centre in Whangarei and we have contributed as a club to Rotary International’s child medical research programmes.

We also contribute regularly to the Kerikeri and Kaeo Food Bank and have provided funding to the Mid North Women’s Refuge.

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