Duck Race

A new breed of ducks were swimming in Invercargill at the weekend.

The Rotary Club of Invercargill North held its inaugural Duck Derby on Saturday at Otepuni Stream.

Service and fundraising director Lynne Lewin said 75 rubber ducks floated down the stream. They were launched from the Conon St side in a race to the finish line at Kelvin St.

Participants sponsored the ducks and all the proceeds were going to the Give a Kids a Chance charity.

‘‘Raising money of course is the big thing — but doing it in a fun way is amazing.’’

Duck Race Wayne Hunt 2022-11-25 11:00:00Z 0

Breaking news !   Africa declared polio free on 25th August 2020

Posted by Sharon Hamilton

Africa declared polio free.    This is monumental news.

After 4 years of there not being a single case of wild polio, the African region has been certified free of wild poliovirus. This is a huge acheivement and one that Rotarians around the world will be celebrating today - 25th August 2020.     

The worldwide elimination of polio has been Rotary's top priority since 1985 and despite this outstanding news, our job for total eradication is not finished.  Read more below:


Breaking news ! Africa declared polio free on 25th August 2020 Sharon Hamilton 2020-08-25 12:00:00Z 0

Sports gear donated to local school and Red Cross

Posted by Sharon Hamilton
Thank you to so many caring and generous people in our community who got behind our sports re-gifting project.   Your generosity made it possible for our Rotary Club of Invercargill North to redistribute your unwanted and now not used sporting equipment to the pupils of Invercargill Middle School this week.   
Sports gear donated to local school and Red Cross Sharon Hamilton 2020-08-25 12:00:00Z 0

Invercargill Women's Refuge "Hand-up" Project

Fun working bee for our local Invercargill Women's Refuge resulting in 68 excellent quality handbags stuffed full of toiletries...soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioners and other necessities.

Thank you to all who donated so generously - it will make a difference to the women in need.

Invercargill Women's Refuge "Hand-up" Project  Sharon Hamilton 2020-08-25 12:00:00Z 0

Queens Park Family Fun Day

Posted by Sharon Hamilton
The Rotary Club of Invercargill North held a FREE Family Fun Day at Queens Park on Sunday, 23rd February 2020.   Hundreds of children and their parents descended on Queens Park and enjoyed a fun day out for all the family.      Favourites included free lolly scrambles (naturally), scooter trails, rock hunting, watching the search & rescue dogs in action and loads of games.   
We will let you know via this website and also our Facebook page when we plan the next one !
Queens Park Family Fun Day Sharon Hamilton 2020-02-04 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.
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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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