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A bare and muddy lawn would have
been an uninspiring sight for domestic
violence victims in Christchurch, NZ.
Yet against all odds, residents of a
newly-converted “safe house” were
welcomed into an oasis of fruit trees,
a vegetable patch and children’s
playground. The Rotary Club of
Christchurch Sunrise contacted the
women’s refuge at the right time.
“I phoned the Battered Women’s
Trust to see what Rotary could do to get
our hands dirty and get behind a local
cause,” president John Mackenzie said.
The club was informed of a disused
children’s playground that needed
to be relocated. The playground also
required cleaning and urgent repairs.
Mr Mackenzie rallied Christchurch
Sunrise Rotarians for the urgent work
to begin. Volunteers spent a weekend
cleaning and water-blasting the
playground parts. The entire playground
was relocated free of charge by housing
solution company Laing.
Justine Rae of the Battered Women’s
Trust oversaw the project and made
an interesting discovery. “It’s quite
ironic that Rotary actually installed the
playground on the original site over a
decade ago,” she said.
This historical link surfaced as a
happy accident, but gave the current
project new meaning for both parties.
To go the extra mile for the Battered
Women’s Trust, Rotarian David
Watson ordered $5000 worth of new
parts, which brought the playground
up to the current NZS5828:2004
John saw an opportunity to
broaden the initial scope of work
and club members enthusiastically
agreed to landscape the entire garden
surrounding the playground.
The project continued to gather pace,
with the club introducing fruit trees and
constructing a vegetable garden.
“Our final job was to build a handrail
to safeguard the toddlers’ area,” Mr
When the move-in day finally arrived,
the landscaping was completed and
the resident women were able to enjoy
a stunning garden, while their children
played safely. Though Rotary stepped
in at short notice, the members
nonetheless got the job done in time.
Ms Rae thanked Rotary on behalf of
the women’s refuge.
“My heartfelt thanks to you and your
team for all the work you have done.
The place looks wonderful,” she said.
Outdoor oasis for victims
of domestic violence
Wildlife photographers and African
Travel specialists Clive and Anne
Arnold have been taking safaris to
Africa for many years. As a project
of the Rotary Club of Toowoomba
South, Qld, the couple has
organized a 13-day East Africa tour
that will include Masai Mara, Lake
Nakuru, Serengeti, Ngorongoro
Crater, Masai Tribes, visits to Masai
schools and ongoing projects of the
club, as well as a Rotary meeting in
Nairobi. Clive will be your personal
tour leader on this wonderful
“As Rotarians, we have put
together a special tour to show you
the African wildlife as well as our
projects in Africa,” Clive said.
“We want to do something for
others and in order to do this we
will contribute our knowledge and
expertise on Africa to help raise
funds for the Polio Eradication
A contribution of $300 per person
travelling on the tour will be donated
to Polio Eradication Foundation
“If this is successful we would
like to make it an ongoing mission
to take a safari to either East or
Southern Africa once a year to
continue to raise funds for special
Rotary projects,” Clive said.
The highlight of the tour will
be the annual migration of two
million wildebeest and zebra from
the Serengeti to the wilderness of
Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara,
where you will spend four days
tracking the migration.
Clive’s intimate knowledge of
Africa, its people, wildlife and
geography ensure that your safari
will be the experience of a lifetime
and one that will give you plenty to
talk about at the waterhole.
“We have carefully selected some
small private camps for the tour,
which are located in some of the
best wildlife areas for an authentic
safari experience,” Clive said.
The 13-day East Africa Rotarian
Tour costs $AU11,550 per person
(twin share - single supplement
$AU1700) and will run from
October 18-31, 2016. For further
information contact Anne or Margot
on 07 46326515 or 07 46392255
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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AN AFRICAN ROTARY ADVENTURE
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