September 2023 in Review

Posted by Mary-anne Stuart-William
September was an active month for the Rotary Club of Waiheke. 
We presented Youth Art Awards
We contributed vital equipment to the Waiheke Health Trust
We gifted dictionaries to Year 4 students
We helped out at the Gulf News Trolley Derby
We inducted 2 new members to the Club
September 2023 in Review Mary-anne Stuart-William 2023-09-29 11:00:00Z 0
Te Huruhi Primary School receive their dictionaries Graeme 2022-12-12 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Waiheke annual Dictionaries in Schools project 2022-12-11 11:00:00Z 0

Polio All Transit event

The Browns Bay Rotary Club visited the Waiheke Rotary Club on Nov 11. The occasion was the annual "Polio All Transit event" where Rotarians travel on Ferries, Buses and Trains all over New Zealand collecting money for the "End Polio Now" project. After being shouted coffee at Matiatia by Waiheke Rotary president Steve Hall (see photo), both clubs travelled the short distance to the Chemist shop in Oneroa to collect money there, then went to Kennedy Point to catch the Vehicular ferry, for another collection opportunity.
Photo: Waiheke and Browns Bay Rotary Club members
Polio All Transit event Graeme Falkner 2022-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0