Our club is one of around 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries throughout the world. We are part of Rotary District 9970 which encompasses the upper part of the South Island.
Within Rangiora we fundraise through initiatives such as a regular Saturday BBQ at New World, distribution of phone books, an annual book fair, and sales of the booklet “Are Your Affairs in Order.”
Every couple of years we host a foreign exchange student – currently Marion D’Haenens from Belgium. We also support a Matched Student Exchange programme with Australia, and host an annual speech competition among local high schools.
Through our associated Trust we support a range of community projects. We regularly fund opportunities for deserving young people to discover their limits and develop leadership skills.
We welcome to our current membership numbering about 53 anyone who wishes to contribute some time and energy to the community we serve.
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Early on Saturday 14 March, Cyclone Tam, a Category 5 Cyclone, hit the islands that make up Vanuatu in the South Pacific, leaving a trail of destruction. An estimated 90% of buildings were completely destroyed or damaged and over 5000 families were desperately in need of assistance.
Every year hundreds and thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival and our mission is to help them.
In my case I was asked by a member who was also a distant cousin albeit a generation ahead of me. At the time I was the principal of a local primary school and spent most of my meeting time in the company of other educators.