Fund-raising and Community Support are two sides of the same Rotary coin.
Our work is funded by the money we raise each year through our various fund-raising projects. The most well-known is the Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari . The Garden Safari is an annual event, this year 2022, is the 35th and the event continues to grow from strength to strength.
While we put the money we raise to work we never lose sight of the fact that it’s really the community’s money. The community’s contribution. Quite literally, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of the people of Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands and the wider Mid North area.
Funds we’ve raised in recent years have gone towards projects like building the barbeques in the Kerikeri Basin Reserve, (and in 2018 the club upgraded the facilities with stainless steel tops) assisting with the building of 5 bridges for the Wairoa Stream track to the “long lost” Wairere water falls, distributing more than 230 personalised illustrated dictionaries to primary school-children across the region each year, and enabling a wide range of youth training programmes, including funding a $150,000 literacy programme through the Kaikohekohe Trust, clearing and replanting 1500 trees at Oruaiti school Wetlands and Honey project, supplying hydrotherapy equipment for people needing this- stroke victims, spinal injury. brain injury; providing traps to the Puketi Forest trust, sending 500 exercise books to Vanuatu schools wrecked by Cyclone Harry, along with providing a 20 foot container to transport a huge collection of donated goods to Vanuatu in 2021.