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World Polio Day is coming up on the 24th October...

With just eleven cases of Polio in two countries in 2017, Rotary International – with strong support from 1,400 Rotary clubs across Australia and New Zealand – is edging towards ultimate victory in its campaign of 32 years to eradicate the dreaded Poliomyelitis virus from the world.

World Polio Day 2017 2017-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
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On June 30th Waikato Sunrise Rotary held their Changeover event. President Justin handed over the reigns to President Nominee Tim and 5 people were recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow
Changeover 2017 2017-07-09 12:00:00Z 0
Congrats to the Paul Harris Fellows recipients 2017-07-03 12:00:00Z 0
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Paul Street, Tim Densem and Heather Moore are back from Fiji. Six went over, and the same six came back, well done! Click into the story to watch a video about the project...
Fiji Project 2017 2017-05-17 12:00:00Z 0
Mother's Day and Amy's Flowers 2017-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
Hospice benefits from Balloons over Waikato 2017-05-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2017
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There was a very successful RYLA week in late April.
RYLA 2017 2017-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Hamilton Gardens Playground 2017-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2017
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Waikato Sunrise Rotary provided and coordinated volunteers for the Balloons over Waikato event this year. It has been a great week with lots of people from the community enjoying each day of ballooning.
Balloons over Waikato 2017 Rachel Bauer 2017-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2017

Over the past few months of my presidency of Waikato Sunrise Rotary, we have seen some very exciting things happen. Unfortunately these events float beneath the radar and the Club does not get to appreciate the efforts the Directors make and also the efforts the Club is making in general.

The Directors of Waikato Sunrise work strenuously to help the Club deliver its promises and obligations. So, in no particular order these are some of the things that the Club has been involved with over the past few months.

Presidents Report March 2017 Justin Vodane 2017-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2017
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On Friday the Police Pay Parade was held, with Raewyn presenting the award to Constable Craig Berquist
Police Pay Parade 2017 Rachel Bauer 2017-03-17 11:00:00Z 0
Secret Santa gifts to RAW Rachel Bauer 2016-12-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2016
Indoor Bowls evening was held at the Claudelands Bowling Club, 1 Kitchener Street, Claudelands, Thursday 3rd November @ 7.30pm
An entertaining evening for the 5 clubs in attendance - unfortunately Huntly were a no show and have therefore surrendered their competition lead.
Tettenhall Cup Aaron Kearney 2016-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2016
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Two months I left France to live a new life in a new country, with a new school, a new family and of new people.
 
I began my new life at the Auckland airport after 26h40 exactly of travel since the Paris airport. I was welcomed at Libby and Tim for two weeks before meeting my new parents Megan and Paul Carpenter where I live now.
 
In only two months I had the opportunity to visit many places and beaches in this districts.
Sept update from Elsa Rachel Bauer 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Maddi Scott - Outbound Exchange Student 2016 Rachel Bauer 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Riverbank Project Rachel Bauer 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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This week Waikato Sunrise Rotary was able to experience the joy of delivering dictionaries to year 4 and 5 children at Melville and Crawshaw Primary Schools in Hamilton.
Dictionaries in Schools 2016 Rachel Bauer 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2015
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The RYE program consists of going away from your country for a year to discover a new culture, a new language, new people but also to discover a new part of yourself. I can truly say that my exchange is my biggest accomplishment and it has changed me forever. I left my country as a teenager thinking I knew ”everything” about myself and the world and I’ll go back there as a young adult with eyes opened to the world and the endless envy to wander every single part the world has to offer.
Laura Mullenders, Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, 2015 Rachel Bauer 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2015
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ZEAL is a not-for-profit youth organisation that exists for the advancement of young people in the creative arts, leadership and education.
Zeal Hamilton Rod Tombleson 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Waikato Sunrise Rotary presented two marquees to Crawshaw Primary School for their use on sports days and other activities both within and outside of the school.
Crawshaw Primary School Marquees Rachel Bauer 2015-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2015
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In 2010, 2013 and 2015 Waikato Sunrise Rotary members traveled to remote villages in Fiji to help refurbish schools buildings.
Fiji Refurbishment Projects Rachel Bauer 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
Posted on Jul 14, 2014
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Robert was born with two club feet. Through ROMAC and the support of Waikato Sunrise Robert was able to have his feet corrected.
ROMAC - Robert's Story Colin Sanderson 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
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
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