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always make the
Rotary International and ShelterBox have
been project partners since March 2012.
The partnership has just been extended
for a further term, which helps us maintain
our close links with your Rotary clubs.
Support received from clubs helps
us to be flexible in aid delivery, which
may include ShelterBoxes, school boxes,
repair kits, midi-tents, water purification
equipment and tool kits.
Donation surge happens whenever
there are major disasters with front-
page coverage. Significant other events
do not always receive much cover, and
consequently giving tapers off.
We ask for your support in providing
shelter for people who have lost
everything. Currently we have 11 active
relief deployments where there is either
conflict or weather events. They include
Malawi, Gaza, Malaysia, Niger, Iraqui
Kurdistan, Philippines, Syria and Lebanon,
which often slip under the radar and
receive little press.
We are able to respond to need by
sustaining our base-line funding. We
need your help to do that, and there are
ways you can help.
Please consider appointing a club
representative or ambassador who will
help spread the message. A small annual
club commitment will make a difference.
An outright donation for a trackable Box
is icing on the cake.
Our presence at Presidents Elect
Training Seminar and district conferences
is invaluable; we can help by mounting
displays, providing staffing and expert
speakers. We have speakers for regular
meetings. Please invite us. Visit www.
shelterboxaustralia.org.au to see our
work and how you can be involved.
We are passionate about our mission
and have made a difference to the most
deserving through the generosity of our
supporters. We work with many other
agencies, all of which put a high priority
on the delivery of humanitarian aid. We
need your ongoing support.
A whole new way
A $130,000 Rotary grant has enabled a
New Zealand educational trust to expand
a revolutionary internet-based teaching
system across the Far North region.
At the start of the 2015 school year,
Paihia School, Kawakawa School and
Northland College in New Zealand’s
Far North joined a group of low-decile
schools leading the introduction of
The initiative, led by the Kaikohekohe
Educational Trust, seeks to improve
academic results and reduce truancy.
It gives children from disadvantaged
backgrounds the opportunity to
embrace the wealth of learning
resources available on the internet and
to learn anywhere, any time and at
The Kaikohekohe Educational Trust
has already introduced the new system
in three Far North schools – Kaikohe
West, Ohaeawai Primary and Tautoro –
where it has been in place for a year.
Paihia School Principal Jane Lindsay says
students at these flagship schools have
already demonstrated higher levels of
engagement with their studies. Parents
are more engaged, too, and truancy
levels have dropped substantially.
“It’s not a replacement for old-
fashioned education values,” Mrs
Lindsay said. “It is a replacement for
old-fashioned education techniques
that have been failing our children for
far too long.” Any school can apply
to join the network, but its approach
is geared to be of greatest benefit to
The Rotary grant will be administered
by the Rotary Club of Kerikeri and used
primarily to fund the implementation of
the project, the extensive training and
professional development of the many
Students at Tautoro School unwrap
their Chromebooks and log in to a
whole new way of learning.
teachers involved, and the salary of a
facilitator and part-time administrator
identified as essential to its success.
The money has been raised by
Kerikeri Rotarian Keith Day, using a
Rotary Foundation project-funding
mechanism that draws on various
“pots” established by Rotary
administrative zones around the world.
The Rotary clubs of Kerikeri,
Kaikohe and Bay of Islands have all
contributed to the project, as has the
Harold Thomas Trust and several other
community trusts across the region.
“This is a classic example of the
power of the international Rotary
network being accessed in support of
a worthwhile community project,” said
Rotary Club of Kerikeri president Bruce
Mathieson. “There is absolutely no way
our various Far North clubs could have
made this happen on our own.”
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