Changing lives in Kenya
A joint initiative by two New Zealand Rotary clubs is helping to change the lives of at-risk youth in Kenya.
The Rotary Clubs of Tawa and Waimate have jointly funded the building and furnishing of a classroom block at Osiligi Training Centre, a rehabilitation farm school just outside Kisenan, which is run by New Zealanders, Robin and Margaret Aim. See more
Book Fair in Tawa - A success!
Our annual Book Fair was held once again at the Tawa New World Mall over the weekends of 11/12th and 18/19th June. This is an important event in the life of Tawa Rotary for raising funds that benefit our community.
For many years the Rotary Club of Tawa has been running an annual book fair focused on raising funds by collecting and offering thousands of books, DVD's and CD's for sale. Half of the proceeds go to support the North Wellington Life Education Trust. This is one of many Rotary projects to support our local community.
This year, a gross amount of approx. $25,700 was raised over the 2 weekends - thank you Tawa and visitors to our community who bought and donated books to this worthy fundraising venture.
Historic Walk in Tawa
Perfect weather for a historic walk through Tawa that was held on Sunday 13 March. Tawa Rotary and Tawa Historical Society hosted the Southern Trail walk where Bruce Murray talked on 10 points along the route of historical significance. To find out more ..
ShelterBox for Syria
Encouraging news received on 7 January 2016 that the shelterbox has arrived in Syria. See more.
Photo courtesy of Shelterbox.
Toot4Tucker - Foodbank Collection
Toot4Tucker collection for Tawa Salvation Army Foodbank took place in the streets of Tawa on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December 2015.
Tawa Rotary is grateful for the participation in this significant community initiative as we travelled through the streets - including friends, family, local service organisations - the Tawa Volunteer Fire Brigade, Lions Club of Tawa, Salvation Army, Cubs and Scouts, Ranger Guides, Community patrol and local business - Tawa New World and One Agency Brooking Realty.
All items donated go to the Tawa Food Bank.
For more information on this project and previous years' collections, see here.
Apply now! - youth leadership development
Seeking future leaders to take up this fantastic sponsored development opportunity! Tawa Rotary is asking : are you 18-24 years old from Tawa? Have you demonstrated leadership skills in your community, workplace, field of study, sports code or volunteer capacity? Do you have a positive attitude? Are you a team player? Do you have aspirations and the drive to succeed?
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a five day residential high energy programme in January designed to develop lower North Island young leaders between the ages of 18 and 24. Hurry as late applications for 2016 are possible!
From a recent participant: “The inspiration that you provide and the leadership you gave will have a lasting impact on every single person who attended. Thanks for the opportunity to attend RYLA and all that it gives.”
Are you curious about this opportunity? To take advantage of this programme, find out more and apply here now.
Tawa Young Employee
In an informal ceremony at Aquaheat Industries on 7 October 2015, President Ken Pearson of Tawa Rotary Club presented Anton Taylor with a $200 gift card as his prize for winning the 2014/15 Tawa Young Employee of the Year.
Ken Pearson remarked that whilst it has taken a little while to present the award, he was absolutely delighted to finally ensure that Anton received his well-earned prize.
Anton Taylor said that he was going to use the money to buy his girlfriend a birthday present and would put the rest aside. Pictured are from the left are: Pres Ken Pearson, Anton Taylor and Anton's supervisor, Tom Cane.
Gigantic Book fair a success!
Our Gigantic Book Fair has been a huge success this year, with literally thousands of books sold over two weekends raising much needed funds for Life Education Trust and charity causes supported by Rotary. President Ken Pearson and Chris Black - Community Services Director are pictured with boxes of donated books. Details about this significant community project are available here.
Tawa Rotary helps Nepal
Tawa Rotary Club recently held a Nepal Appeal night and raised $300 for the relief effort following their devastating earthquakes. Together with an additional $1200 from its Charitable Trust, this was enough to fund a Shelter Box to help the Nepalese people.
Tawa Rotary President Martin Garcia is shown with a Shelter Box ready for delivery. More details are available here.
Hats & High Tea
Delighted to note that registrations for the Hats and High Tea event reached capacity - proceeds from tickets sold donated to the charity, Dress for Success. The event included a delicious high tea, the opportunity to pick up some styling tips gleaned from the dressing programme at Dress for Success, a charity that helps women with attire for interviews. Guests also found out about 2 recent Tawa community projects. Details on this exciting event held on 24 May 2015 are available here.
Presidential Heart to Heart
Tawa Rotary Club has been looking for projects that will help the residents of Tawa, and will particularly help people’s health and fitness.
Tawa Rotary’s President Martin Garcia said the Club decided to donate a defibrillator worth $2500 to the Tawa Bowling Club. He said “we heard that the Bowling Club needed this equipment but were unable to find the necessary amount themselves, so we thought this was an ideal chance for us to help. We had some money available from fund-raising and we were able to obtain a Rotary Foundation grant for the balance.”
The photo shows Martin on the right trying the equipment out on the Tawa Bowling Club President Grant Traill (left of photo).
Grant said “this will be really helpful for our Club. Tawa Bowling Club has over 170 playing members, and our Ladies’ Group started fund-raising for a defibrillator but found the cost was beyond their means. “Now, he said, “we can provide speedy health assistance to any of our members and to visitors to our club. This will be a great asset for the Club and for Tawa.”
Compost bins for Longview
Longview’s Marlene Bowles said “our residents were brought up on the importance of home gardens, and it gives them a great thrill to look after their own garden at Longview. They decided to name the Rotary garden the Kitchen Garden to recognise the use of their produce in the Longview kitchen. We’re very appreciative of all the support that Tawa Rotary continues to give to Longview.” Keep reading to find out more...
Pictured from left to right are Tawa Rotarians - Gaylene Lines and Past President Irene Corpuz - and Longview Activities Coordinator, Marlene Bowles and Clinical Nurse Manager, Michael Nestmann.
New year - new members!
As we return from the Christmas/New Year break, we've welcomed 3 members to Tawa Rotary in January.
Incoming President (District Governor nominee) Martin Garcia has posted his first message for the new calendar year. Are you up-to-date on what's happening in Tawa Rotary? - keep reading.
Tawa together at Christmas
The generosity of our community has been evident through their participation in Christmas events hosted by Tawa Rotary- Carols at the College, followed by the Toot4Tucker street appeal for Tawa Foodbank.
Christmas carols at the College -
Christmas celebrated at Tawa College with local entertainment provided by musicians participating including the Porirua Trust Band, the TUI Ukelele Band, Charlotte Murray, Linden School - followed by a reading from Major Keith Wray of Tawa Salvation Army. MC (and Past District Governor) Howard Tong did a great job encouraging us all to prepare for Santa's arrival - while he led the singing and read a Christmas story. Oh what joy when Santa arrived on the fire truck! Early contributions of cans and cash towards Tawa Foodbank were donated by patrons.
Toot4Tucker Appeal - fantastic results!
Over two evenings, the fire engine sirens and whistles/horns were blaring as we walked through Tawa streets collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Tawa Food Bank. The success of this annual venture is working together with local service organisations, business and friends including Tawa Volunteer Fire Service, the Salvation Army and youth club, Tawa Lions, Tawa Cubs, Tawa New World, ITM, family and friends. Thank you Tawa! - our community has came out ahead on previous years with 4515 items and $870 cash donated towards the Tawa Foodbank. What's Toot4Tucker about? - Keep reading
Education for Life
The Life Education Trust’s mobile classroom, with Educator Bec Kaukau and Harold the Giraffe visited Linden School last week. The Trust provides information to primary school children on a range of life choices they will face which include those of drugs, alcohol etc.
Included in the photo with some very lively children are Bec Kaukau, Pat Waite, President of Tawa Rotary Club, and Allan Nichols, Chairman of the North Wellington Life Education Trust.
Pat Waite said the Life Education Trust provides invaluable information and answers to young people as they think about the choices that they have ahead. He said Tawa Rotary was pleased to again provide $9000 to the Trust, which was raised at the Club’s annual Book Fair. “Young people are our whole future”, he said.
Allan Nichols said the North Wellington Trust mobile classroom visits over 6000 children at 35 schools each year, and relies completely on donations received, including from Rotary Clubs in the area. The children have fun while they learn. “ Look at their happy faces” he said. “They enjoy the humour and fun, particularly with Harold the Giraffe, but they are also really looking for honest advice and information on lifestyle choices ahead”.
Defibrillator for Linden Surgery
Linden Surgery has been donated a new defibrillator by the Tawa Rotary Club.
Dr. Rod Ferguson, with Tawa Rotary Past President Irene Corpuz, is shown trialling the operation of the new equipment.
He said “this will replace our old previous equipment and will enable Doctors, Nurses, and staff at the Linden Surgery to respond very quickly if a patient or a member of the community requires urgent CPR.” See more.
Councillor coping well under pressure!
On Saturday 4th October, Tawa Rotary Club members assisted Tawa Medical Centre and the Stroke Foundation with the 2014 Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign. At New World Tawa and New World Porirua, many people had their blood pressure checked for free by medical staff.
Malcolm Sparrow, Wellington City Councillor and a member of the Tawa Rotary Club, is shown having his blood pressure taken. Find out more.
Thanks to New World Tawa
The owner of New World Tawa, Robyn Hogg, is shown receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Irene Corpuz, Past President of the Tawa Rotary Club.
New World Tawa provided their Van for use in last December’s Toot 4 Tucker collection, where we collected food gifts and donations from Tawa residents for the Salvation Army’s food bank.
The Supermarket also provided premises for this year’s Tawa Rotary Book Fair, and donates the raffle prizes at the Club’s weekly meetings, with funds raised going to charities.
Select this link to find out more.
Book Fair 2014
Our annual fundraiser - the Tawa Rotary Book Fair - has been held over two weekends in late June/July.
A great selection of books, DVDs, etc have been available to choose from.
Proceeds from the sales go to Life Education Trust (Wellington North) and other charitable causes.
With music playing in the background, and a warm/well lit space at our new book fair venue, Rotarians and family friends have been helping with sorting the books for the forthcoming Tawa Rotary Book Fair. Tray space has been filled and we have boxes along most of the walls. For detail about drop off points for donations of good quality books, DVDs, etc, keep reading:
[Photo courtesy of Kapi Mana News]
We are welcoming new and returning members to Tawa Rotary. People in our community who want to contribute their time and skills to worthwhile projects that benefit local and global initiatives like the Tawa Rotary Local Employee of the Year Award and the End Polio campaign; and who enjoy each other's friendship. Want to find out more? - get in touch.
Rotary making a difference in Horowhenua!
Spot the yellow hi-viz Rotary jackets in Horowhenua! People young and old who are connected with Rotary working together in the community – we’ve set up a fence line along 2km of Foxton beach to protect dunes; planted new plants in the wetlands; raised funds for Shelterbox; spruced up local schools. We’ve had a district conference weekend with a difference. What was special? Keep reading >>
Ngātahi Hapori Youth Mentoring in Tawa hits the ground running
What does an orientation training session, over 25 prospective mentors and a very knowledgeable trainer, have in common?
Here’s a clue. Tawa Rotary supports Ngātahi Hapori Youth Mentoring in Tawa since it is consistent with the drive to support youth development through Rotary leadership programmes like the Rotary Youth Leadership Award; and Dictionaries in Schools. Keep reading >>
Still working 109 years later ...
A few members of the Rotary Club of Tawa returned to visit the project undertaken to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary – the Tawa Lookout which was opened in February 2005. Over a number of years since this time members also planted trees around the lookout and adjacent escarpment that was difficult to mow to help beautify the area. Keep reading >>
Polio Strikes Again
d'Arcy Lunn visited the Rotary Club of Plimmerton in March 2013. He is a perpetual volunteer who works with the Global Poverty Project. He is passionate about ridding the world of the scourge of Polio and has recently written from Uganda. Read his contribution on Our Communities page or go directly to his Blog post here.