PROJECTS, EVENTS & CAUSES
Effecting change and helping make communities better for all, takes; vision, common purpose, time, action and money. As a newly formed club, we rely on strategic action and volunteer time, in order to raise funds and provide our club the opportunity to make differences that matter.
THE ROTARY HAMILTON BOOK FAIR
A Waikato institution, Rototuna Rotary has now taken full responsibility for the the annual Rotary Charity Book Fair held in Hamilton. The 2-3 day book fair is a major fundraising event that required some 1500 hours to prep and run each year.
COVID-19 and the recent resurgence of books and reading, led the club to make some changes in delivery, one of which has been to hold mini book fairs 3 or 4 times a year, along with pop-up book fairs at market days or at venues such as Raglan Roast in Te Rapa.
ShelterBox began in 2000 as a Millenium project of the Helston-Lizard Rotary Club of Cornwall, England. Since then, it has grown to be an international disaster relief charity, providing emergency shelter in some of the most hard-to-reach places in the world.
ShelterBox is Rotary's international disaster relief charity that hand delivers aid to families affected by conflict and natural disaster. More than 100 million people around the world are currently homeless through natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change that, having supported 1.5 million people in nearly 100 countries over the last 20 years.
THE LUCY FOUNDATION
The Lucy Foundation (TLF) is a social enterprise working in collaboration with local communities to develop a culture of disability inclusiveness through environmentally, economically and ethically sustainable trade. Rototuna Rotary have partnered with TLF as our first nominated charity in 3 year donation plan to support their work.
J R Mckenzie Youth Education Fund
The late Sir John McKenzie (a member of Rotary) so appreciated the success of McKenzies Department Stores in and the support given him by the people of New Zealand, that he founded the Youth Education Fund in 1938 to help deserving young people to receive education. “To assist in the betterment, education, advancement and physical welfare of the youth in the community particularly in cases where bereavement, sickness or family disturbances leave the children in the need of assistance if they are to continue their studies”. Since its inception, thousands of young New Zealanders have received assistance.
We work with other Rotary Clubs and Organisations to bring events and opportunities together for the community.
These include the Rototuna Business Network, the North Eastern Community Hub and the Waikato Students Union, as shown in the photo from a 2020 'meet the candidates' session for New Zealand’s general elections.
POP-UP BOOK FAIRS
The recent resurgence of books and reading, has led the club to make some changes in delivery, one of which has been to hold smaller pop-up book fairs at market days or at venues such as Raglan Roast in Te Rapa.
A FIGHT AGAINST POLIO
Rotary International joined the fight against Polio in 1979 with a multi-year plan to immunise 6 million children in the Philippines. That fight has seen more than 2.5 billion children vaccinated across 122 countries and today, Polio remains endemic in just 2 countries; Afghanistan and Pakistan.