Drury Rotary celebrates year of community service achievements

Rotary Club of Drury member Susan Baker, foreground, helping pack Rotary Emergency Response Kits.

The Rotary Club of Drury celebrated the past year’s community service achievements at the weekend as it welcomed new president Dr Iain Wakefield for the coming year.

Addressing members and guests at the Club’s annual changeover, outgoing president Trish Hayward outlined the achievements during the 2016-17 year. This included four major projects. The Club ran a golf tournament that raised $13,892 for Totara Hospice last November. In December, for its annual produce collection, the club worked with Franklin growers to donate 12 tonnes of fresh produce for the Salvation Army to distribute to local families at Christmas. In February the club raised $1600 for Blind Foundation Guide Dogs by running a Country Kitchen food stall at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway Harvest Festival. In May, the Club’s annual Trainee of the Year scholarship awards supported three young local tradespeople to develop their careers.
In addition, the Rotary Club of Drury led and supported a variety of other initiatives and activities throughout the year.
Club members worked with St John paramedics and screened 110 people for high blood pressure on Blood Pressure Day; they supported the Pat Baker Debating Cup for rural Franklin primary schools; and donated an outdoor tennis table and a Lego set for Rosehill Special School.
The Club also continued its dental hygiene programme that supplies toothbrushes and toothpaste to primary school children; supported the school-based environmental awareness project Trees for Survival; and supported the remedial reading programme at Takanini School. The Club helped run the Drury ANZAC Day civic ceremony; and provided volunteers for calf club days at Ramarama and Drury schools.
Furthermore, the Club sponsored two Rosehill College students to attend the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment and an exchange student to participate in the Australia-New Zealand Student Exchange. The Club supplied 45 dictionaries to Edmund Hillary School and Redhill School, as well as sending 96 dictionaries to schools in Apia, Samoa. Other Club support for the Pacific Islands included packing Rotary Emergency Response Kits for disaster relief.
The Club also made large donations to other organisations during the year, including $8170 to the Papakura Music School, $2000 to the National Burn Unit nurse educator initiative, and $1000 to the Rotary Diabetes Project.
Other donations included:
·         $780 to Kidney Kids
·         $550 to Breast Cancer New Zealand
·         $500 to the Kaikoura Lions’ earthquake relief fund
·         $500 to the Suicide Prevention Trust
·         $500 to the Life Education Trust
·         $400 to Autism New Zealand
·         $330 to Mana Wahine
·         $250 to the National Foundation for the Deaf
·         $250 to the Gastrointestinal Cancer Institute
·         $250 to the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Run
·         $100 to Going Bananas
Miss Hayward said that club members were proud of being able to serve the community in a variety of projects.  “It’s been great to see the positive difference our Club makes in our local communities and further afield,” she said.
Dr Wakefield signalled a focus for the coming year; the Club’s 30th anniversary, to build membership. “To run more projects—and bigger projects—we really need more members. I’d also like to see greater diversity of membership to better reflect our community,” he said.

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