SOCIAL

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.

MEET ROTARY

My wife and I moved to Kerikeri in 2016. I had been a member of Rotary in Christchurch for 20 years and so, not knowing anyone in Kerikeri, it was the logical move to join the Kerikeri RC. This instantly gave us a good sized group of friends who made us welcome.

Neil Blanchfield, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I enjoy being part of a group of like-minded people who work hard to improve our community in lots of different ways; from funding youth exchange visits through to sponsoring children to attend science fairs, and everything in between.

Ian Faulkner, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I wanted to become involved with a community organisation. Rotary ticked all the boxes: fellowship, leadership, contribution to both local and international communities – and totally different to my day job.

Vicki Douglas, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

The fellowship of Rotary is hugely rewarding. My favourite project is the Rotary International Youth Exchange, particularly accompanying these young people on their South Island Safari.

Bruce Burling, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined Rotary because the Kerikeri club’s fund-raisers are always so much fun to be involved in. Rotary’s big on flexibility these days and that’s important because family and work always have to come first and second.

Alison Lemon, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined Rotary when I was in my 20s and have benefitted both in business and socially from being an active member. I’ve made many lifelong friends through membership.

Dale Simkin, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

Rotary to me is about working with like-minded people who want to give something, either big or small, back to this wonderful community.

Bill Frazerhurst, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

The Rotary Club of Kerikeri is a very well-established club. It  provides the opportunity  to contribute to our community in many ways I could not otherwise have imagined.

Dawn Laurenson, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

I joined the Rotary Club of Kerikeri 30 years ago to contribute to our communities, both local and international, and to have fun while doing it. The same motivation exists today.

Doug Galbraith, Rotary Club of Kerikeri

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