Today Toastmeister Kerri chose theRotary Club of Christchurch Inc., with the tenth anniversary of the dreadful earthquake in 2011. This club is in District 9970, being chartered in 1922. They meet every Tuesdays at 12:30 PM at the Canterbury Club, 129 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch.
On their website they mention a number of projects, some of which are familiar to us.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training programme for young people and is designed for young adults who want to develop their leadership ability and who express a commitment to community service. The club sponsors students, paying half of the course fees on their behalf.
The Science & Tech Forum is an annual programme for outstanding all round science, maths and technology students in Year 12 who will be returning to Year 13 and are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level.
Annual Rotary Christmas Grocery Parcels – The club splits the grocery order into 125 cartons, and then deliver cartons to the numerous charities and organisations who are at the front line when dealing with families feeling the financial pressures of Christmas.
Rotary Community Impact Grant – The aim of this grant is to continue the tradition of helping significant projects in our community. To foster a mutual relationship with members of our Club and the successful charity over several years, and to have a concrete impact in our community. The funds available are up to a maximum of NZ$25,000, dependent on allocations being available in Club accounts.
Christchurch 360 Trail – This fascinating bike/walk/run trail is approximately 140kms encircling the city of Christchurch, from the Crater Rim to the ocean, along the eastern seaboard to the Waimakariri River, along the stopbanks to Mcleans Island then meanders across farmland to the western edge of the city where it continues through the suburbs to the Halswell Quarry and then up to the Crater Rim.
New Zealand Aid Eye Team – Members of Christchurch Rotary have been visiting the Cook Islands with The New Zealand Aid Eye Team for over 30 years. There is a gap in the Cook Islands, for people with disabilities and the elderly. There are NGO agencies providing care, but they struggle to find enough money to provide their service.