Balloons Over Waikato 2021 - Thank You

Waikato Sunrise Rotary would sincerely like to thank the volunteers who worked with the club during the Balloons Over Waikato Festival, as well as the many businesses who supported the club with either free or low-cost products and services for the event.
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Waikato Sunrise Rotary KidsCan Fundraiser

Waikato Sunrise Rotary is excited about the opportunity of working with Balloons Over Waikato to raise money for our nominated cause, KidsCan in Waikato Schools. To raise these funds, we will be holding a Virtual Balloon Race!
Waikato Sunrise Rotary KidsCan Fundraiser 2021-03-13 11:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries in Schools 2019 Rachel Bauer 2019-08-21 12:00:00Z 0

Fundraising at the Sevens

Posted on Jan 30, 2019
Over the long weekend Hamilton hosted the HSBC NZ Sevens for the second year, and we were back supporting The Village with their hosting as one of our key fundraising activities. 
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Supporting local volunteers

Posted on Jun 23, 2018
Last night the Volunteering Waikato Volunteer Excellence Awards for 2018 took place. We were lucky enough to attend as we were sponsoring an award. What an amazing night to recognise the amazing and generous people in our communities who give so much to help others. 
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Maternity hospital in Fiji project

Posted on Jun 15, 2018
In June 2018 a group of Waikato Sunrise Rotarians traveled to Taveuni, which is a remote island off Fiji to work on an old building, turning it into a maternity hospital for local women and families. The team were there for a very busy week cleaning, painting, building and setting the building up for it's new purpose. 
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2018 Donations so far

Posted on Jun 12, 2018
A reminder what we have donated funds to during 2018. Below are the organisations we have donated money, sponsored people to attend or have provided. We have heard from some of those involved and stay tuned for more speakers so you can hear the value of our contributions.
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Donation to Norefjell at RAW

Posted on Jun 04, 2018
In May 2018 WSR donated $3000 to Reclaim Another Woman (RAW) for a laptop for Norefjell to complete her studies. 
RAW would like to thank Rotary for supporting RAW’s work and investing specifically in Norefjell’s future. Norefjell has moved mountains in the 3 years she has been with RAW. She now sits on RAW’s governance board as an advisor, is a significant driver of RAW’s Māori Strategy under development, and a regular speaker advocating for change for women in prison and the RAW programme.
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Balloons over Waikato 2018

Posted on Mar 27, 2018
We had a great time at Balloons over Waikato 2018 and hope you did too. 
Thanks for the support of everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, glow merchandise or made a donation - these funds will go to the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust to help with their amazing work.
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Dictionaries at Crawshaw Primary School 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Building refurbishment - Fiji 2018 2018-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Letter from Kioa Island School

Posted on Feb 19, 2018
We have received a letter from the Kioa Island school with an update since we assisted them last year...
Dear sir,
I wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude for all of the assistance rendered to the school last year, which included the following:
  • Renovation and conversion of the school resources centre
  • Erection of the school resources centre water tank
  • Renovation of teachers' quarters bathroom and toilet
  • Renovation of the whole school-classrooms
  • Funding of the preschool operation
  • Library books for the school library
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WSR assists at the Sevens tournament 2018-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Go baby go cars donated to kids 2017-11-07 11:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2017


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.

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Changeover 2017

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
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Congrats to the Paul Harris Fellows recipients 2017-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

Fiji Project 2017

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...
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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
RYLA 2017 2017-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Hamilton Gardens Playground 2017-04-02 12:00:00Z 0

Balloons over Waikato 2017

Posted on Mar 25, 2017
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

Presidents Report March 2017

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
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

Tettenhall Cup

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

Sept update from Elsa

Posted on Oct 06, 2016
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

Dictionaries in Schools 2016

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

Laura Mullenders, Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, 2015

Posted on Nov 24, 2015
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

Zeal Hamilton

Posted on Jun 17, 2015
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
Crawshaw Primary School Marquees Rachel Bauer 2015-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Fiji Refurbishment Projects Rachel Bauer 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 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.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

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.
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ROMAC - Robert's Story

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
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

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.
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