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2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

One of the key activites of Rotary is giving help to the community. Sometimes this is done through grants, but often in the giving of time, effort and care. Here are some examples of the work Riccarton Rotary Club has done to help others:

Most of the funds used and distributed by Riccarton Rotary Club come to us through the operation of Riccarton Sunday Market. Each year we also organise a golf day,where the proceeds go to helping Cholmondley Childrens Charity in Christchurch, who offer respite care to children and their families.

To apply for a grant from the club you need to complete an application form. You can download the form from here and full instructions to complete the form are given in the file. You can download a pdf version or a MS Word version.

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Some of our recent projects in our area include:

Donation to Canterbury University Emerging Leaders Scholarships fund

In October 2012 we gave $10,000 to Canterbury University for its appeal to fund Emerging Leaders Scholarships. Here is a picture of Club President Murray Compton presenting the cheque to Dr.Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Murray presenting cheque to University

In accepting the cheque on behalf of the University, Dr. Carr said that the University faces one of its toughest challenges yet. The Emerging Leaders Scholarships are essential to attract top quality students, assist students financially and to revive student numbers and increase revenue [following the Christchurch earthquakes]. A $5,000 entrance scholarship represents income to the University of $40,000 based on a three year degree.

"The University is one of Christchurch's largest employers and contributors to the local economy so it is very much in our interests to provide this support. It also recognises the involvement which the Club, our members and families have with the University" said President Murray.

Riccarton Rotary donates $10,000 to NZ Coastguard

The Rotary Club of Riccarton has donated $10,000 to the Canterbury region of NZ Coastguard. Noel Strez - Past President - presented the cheque to the President of Coastguard Canterbury Greg Skene at their offices in Riccarton Road.

Greg stated that the money will be used to purchase new motors for their rescue vessel Pub Charity Canterbury Rescue. The motors are replaced every 4 years at a cost of nearly $80,000 because as Greg said "they have to be reliable, they have to start first time, people's lives may depend on it.

Noel presents the cheque Pub Charity Canterbury Rescue in action

This year we provided funds for a new minibus for the Burwood Spinal Unit. To view a video of the bus on YouTube see here.


What else has the Rotary Club of Riccarton done for the local community?
Some of the projects undertaken over the years include:

  • Sir John McKenzie Memorial Children's Library (now a toy library)
  • Hei Hei Community Hall
  • Riccarton Boy Scouts' Den
  • Templeton Homes Fair
  • Defensive Driving Scheme introduced & became nationwide
  • Shifting Deans Cottage
  • Bankside tree planting
  • Matipo St Rest Centre for aged people
  • YMCA Wainui building projects
  • Caravan for Paraplegics
  • Disabled Persons' Walkway, Arthur's Pass
  • Siemens Science Experience
  • Cholmondeley Home Golf Tournament - $430,000 raised over 19 years
  • Support for Wharenui School and Villa Maria College
  • 1/3 of total cost of 'Rotary wheels for Cancer Patients' van

Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Riccarton, as part of the worldwide Rotary community, takes part in and supports many Rotary International programmes such as:

  • Polio Plus - the programme to eradicate polio began in 1985 and more than 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
  • Health, Hunger and Humanity grants made to 280 large scale projects in 75 countries since 1978 have totalled US$74 million
  • Disaster Recovery - from hurricanes in Guatemala, Mexico, and USA, earthquakes in India and Pakistan - is new since 2005 and already US$6.4 million has been raised.
  • Ambassadorial Scholarships - since 1947 47,000 scholars from 110 countries, costing US$476 million
  • Group Study Exchange - Since 1965 12,000 teams of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions on 4-6 week exchanges  more than 57,000 individuals at the cost of US$92 million.




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