• Kerryanne Seaton, President Takapuna North Rotary; Olive Lee, President, North Shore Korean Rotary; Janferie Bryce Chapman, Age Concern; and Geoff Pownall, President, Takapuna Rotary, with the car presented to Age Concern North Shore.

Rotary supports Age Concern

Age Concern North Shore is thrilled to get a new car, thanks to the combined fundraising efforts of five North Shore Rotary Clubs – Takapuna, Takapuna North, North Harbour, Glenfield and Auckland Korean.

Janferié Bryce-Chapman, Executive Officer of Age Concern North Shore says, “This support from Rotary is so valuable as we strive to maintain a high level of service to older people on the North Shore in an increasingly demanding climate. We are very grateful for the support of Rotary groups of North Shore who have made this wonderful donation possible.”

Age Concern home visits are very important to the agency as it works to ensure that older people can access its services even if they are unable to get to the office. Until now, its six field staff have used their own cars for home visits, but in the wake of the new petrol tax this has become expensive.

 Janferie says, “Along with Rotary which provides support to the community through service, we are an integral link in strengthening the infrastructure of the North Shore. Having access to a new pool staff car will help us to reduce the costs of the 700 home visits we do each year.”

Age Concern North Shore is part of a national network of 35 Age Concern regional councils and has been the lead agency working to support older people on the North Shore for more than 50 years. It is a charitable organisation dedicated solely to people aged over 60.  Its office is the first port of call for older people in our community and through its qualified and trained staff offers expertise in and knowledge of available services and social activities as well as supporting older people who are experiencing social isolation or elder abuse and neglect.  

Geoff Pownall, President of Takapuna Rotary Club, adds that Rotary's work addresses many of today's critical issues – “health, hunger, poverty, the environment, education, and literacy to name a few”.   Other programmes focus on the development of young people with leadership training and student exchanges.  “We are pleased to help vulnerable older people to access the services they need, through supporting Age Concern in this way.”

Established in 1905, Rotary was the world’s first service club organisations, and there are now more than 33,000 Rotary clubs around the world  – its motto is “Service Above Self”.

For information on how to help Rotary make a difference, contact Geoff on 021 627 014.