ROTARY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Rotary Community Impact Grant
The aim of this grant is to continue the tradition of helping significant projects in our community. To foster a mutual relationship with members of our Club and the successful charity over several years, and to have a concrete impact in our community. The funds available are up to a maximum of NZ$25,000, dependent on allocations being available in Club accounts.
Christchurch 360 Trail
This fascinating bike/walk/run trail is approximately 140kms encircling the city of Christchurch, from the Crater Rim to the ocean, along the eastern seaboard to the Waimakariri River, along the stopbanks to Mcleans Island then meanders across farmland to the western edge of the city where it continues through the suburbs to the Halswell Quarry and then up to the Crater Rim.
The concept belongs to Dr Colin Meurk, Ecologist at Landcare Research and an article in the paper about “Meurky’s Walk” led to the Christchurch Rotary Clubs becoming involved with signage, planting and maintenance. The Rotary Club of Christchurch is looking after a 10km stretch along the stop banks of the Waimakariri River including an area locally known as “The Sanctuary”, part of Templars Island. For the last two years club members have been planting trees, shrubs and flaxes and have just planted the 1000th. In The Sanctuary Colin Meurk has selected plants that will help sustain the birdlife, bring back some of the habitat that had been cleared by flooding or clearing by humans. There is a great sense of pride from members who are now able to see the trees establish themselves against a backdrop of poplars, willow and the everpresent blackberry and Old Man’s Beard with the hope that in time a lot of the aforementioned will be eradicated because of the planting.
New Zealand Aid Eye Team – Cook Islands
John Veale of Christchurch Rotary has been visiting the Cook Islands with The New Zealand Aid Eye Team for over 30 years.
He had noticed a gap in the Cook Islands, for people with disabilities and the elderly. There are NGO agencies providing care but they struggle to find enough money to provide their service.
Rotary Childrens Charity Ball
Back in 1996 The directors of Christchurch Rotary Club had a meeting to brainstorm possible fund-raising activities for the future. The then President was the late David Sutton. Dave’s vision was that we form a committee and run a fundraising ball for Canterbury’s children’s charities. His proposition was that we had plenty of connections to enable us to influence people to attend a ball and the club had the expertise of people with the technical knowledge to allow us to stage one. It was agreed to proceed and the first staging of the ball took place the following year at the then convention centre on Saturday September 8 1997.
The ball proved to be a great success and was staged for many each years, even through the regeneration period following the 2010/11 earthquakes. Over the years approximately $1.5 million has been raised and donated to various children’s charities in the Canterbury area.
Our Club keeps extensive archives on our activities over the years. We have run many projects with and for the Christchurch community.
Please contact us to see if we have old photos of Christchurch you are looking for.