Mt Eden Rotary has been involved in a number of projects. While the club is small, it is amazing what members can accomplish when hearts and minds work together.
Dictionaries in Prisons
In 2017, we entered a partnership with Newmarket Rotary and the Newmarket Rotary Charitable Foundation to donate 500 illustrated dictionaries annually to the Howard League prison literacy programme for the next five years.
In 2017, we will also donate 100 dictionaries to the Auckland South Corrections Facility at Wiri Prison (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust).
In May 2015, we donated 100 dictionaries to the Mt Eden Corrections Facility (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust). This follows a similar donation in 2010.
In July 2014, we partnered with Rotary Albany to donate 100 dictionaries to Paremoremo Prison (with the support of charitable trusts associated with the late Past District Governor of Rotary, Ross Craig).
Dictionaries in Schools
Over the past few years, Mt Eden Rotary has donated over 100 illustrated dictionaries to year 4-5 children at the Three Kings Primary School and the May Road School.
These donations are supported by the June Gray Charitable Trust.
Automated External Defibrillators
In March 2017, we held a Live Jazz event featuring LEON HATTORI as a fundraiser, primarily for Rotary District 9920's Heart Saver Project to get more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) out in to the community.
In August 2017, we presented an AED to Wendy Hoskin, acting CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern.
With the support of the Chenery Trust, we will present another AED in late 2017.
Charity Art Auction
Mt Eden Rotary held a Charity Art Auction on 22 May 2014 in association with the New Zealand Fellowship of Artists. The auction at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre raised $7,070 for Māpura Studios, a charity which uses art therapy to enable stroke victims and others with disabilities to express themselves. Over 30 paintings and art works were sold.
Special thanks to the NZ Fellowship of Artists which donated the art. Many thanks also to event sponsors and supporters: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre (Venue); Chapter Book and Tea Shop (General); Invivo Wines (Wine); The Digital Darkroom (Printing); BNZ (Eftpos Machine); and Hayden Broadbelt (Auctioneer).
Charity Golf Tournament
Mt Eden Rotary held a Charity Golf Tournament on 11 April 2013 at the Maungakeikei Golf Club, with support from Rotary Mt Roskill. The proceeds of approximately $5,000 were donated to the Middlemore Foundation's National Burns Unit, and to the Hearing House.
Many thanks to our golf hole sponsors (Chapter Book and Tea Shop, Empire Electrical, GreCorKat Ltd, Kerri Ingredients, Mangaone Farm, OPSM, Royal Homes Ltd and Unlimited Potential) and our prize/supplies donors: Akarana Golf Club, Archivista, Buzzy Bee, Chapter Book and Tea Shop, David & Jenny Oakley, De Post Belgian Beer Café, Digital Darkroom, Glengarry Wines, Hunt & Gaunt Optometrists, K.C. Loo Fruitcentre, Masport NZ Ltd, Palmers Garden Centres, Robin Wray, Tamara Spa, Unichem Pharmacy and Villa Maria.
The event followed successful golf tournaments in 2012 and 2011 at the Clarks Beach Golf Club and in 2010 at the Waitakere Golf Club.
Rotary Peace Dance
World Understanding and Peace day on 23 February 2013 marked Rotary’s 108th year of existence. District 9920 celebrated the day in a uniquely Pacific way – with a Dance for Peace “D-9920 Rock’N’Rotary Ends Polio Builds Peace” in Rarotonga, Suva, Apia, Nukualofa, Borabora, Moorea, Raiatea-Tahaa and Auckland.
In Auckland, a flash mob dance at Mission Bay with 100 Rotarians and friends helped turn heads and attention to issues for Rotary International (Peace and the eradication of Polio).
Mt Eden Rotary member Ursula Bach was the District Dance for Peace Co-ordinator and, in May 2013, Ursula was presented with a District Paul Harris Fellow for her commitment to Rotary and the District.
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Christchurch Playground Rebuild
Following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011, Mt Eden Rotary contributed $10,000 to help fund repairs to a playground in Woodham Park (on the eastern side of Christchurch). The work was mostly completed prior to Christmas 2012.
The playground now provides a haven where parents can sit in the sun and watch their children play. Children can enjoy a host of outdoor play equipment including swings, seesaws, paddling pool and climbing frames in their local park.
This project was made possible through the generosity of 9910 North Harbour Rotary, 9920 Mt Eden Rotary and District 9920. The project was organised by Rotary Christchurch Sunrise, with members Murray Ellis and Brian Phillips overseeing the work. District 9970 Project Earthquake Support Rotarian Lindsay Crossen also helped to source funds.