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Rotary in action
Not-for-Profit Spotlight: By Jennifer McKenzie

This month I looked a little closer with an organisation I am so familiar with – Rotary International.

When people ask me about what Rotary is, I could recite the formal line about 1.2million Rotarians etc. however quite simply Rotary is about serving others in our community and our world. Rotarians are brought together through their desire and passion to help others and stay together through this important work but also because of the social and business connections that are created.

Rotarians have been “doing good in the world” for over 100 years and in New Zealand we have founded some major charities and initiated many programmes including; Milk for Schools, establishment of the first Karitane Hospital (now Plunket,) started the National Kidney Foundation and Crippled Children’s Society to name a few. Our work is only limited by our imagination. One of the most famous projects Rotarians have worked on is eradicating the world of Polio and “We Are This Close” with only 5 cases in 2017 (down from 350,000 a year in 1985.)

We have a variety of Rotary Clubs on the North Shore meeting across all times of day and most days of the week, whilst each Club is different we are united with the same purpose to serve our community.

We have Clubs working with; Abilities North Shore on the purchase of a polystyrene recycling machine, De Paul House for a new Van for their clients, KiwiHarvest reducing food waste and helping those in need. All Clubs have a youth focus through our Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme and our Rotary International Youth Exchange.  

We welcome anyone of any age who is committed to helping others and if you’d like to find out more please visit

Jennifer McKenzie, President, Takapuna Rotary and Devonport-Takapuna Local Board member interviews not-for-profit organisations on the North Shore

By Channel Magazine

Channel Magazine: Issue 79 August 2017

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