The local projects and community committee focuses mainly on local events and initiatives. Some really small but even the small ones make a big difference to the people we are helping. Others are bigger and are collaborations with either the greater Rotary District or schools and so on.
Recently we have supported
Literacy projects such as book in homes and books in prisons. There are a lot of people out there who struggle to read and that’s pretty tough in the 21st century. We have been supporting dictionaries for kids, for some children, it’s the only book in the household.
Following on from this we support reading assistance programs in Sherwood and we want to expand this program to other schools in the area.
Staying with kids, we help with the Trees for survival programme at Murrays Bay School. Here primary school student grow and then plant native trees.
Moving out to wider New Zealand we help financially with the District Dental Hygiene programme where packs of tooth brushes and paste are distributed to low decile schools in the Far North and on the North Shore.
There are a bunch of other things that come up through the year, some we support some we don’t - we don’t have a money tree. It’s worth asking though, if you have a community need, talk to us, we may not say yes but we will listen.