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A multi-club project for Rotarians in
southern New Zealand has proved a
great way to bring people together
while raising more than $100,000 for
When Dunedin’s iconic Carisbrook
rugby ground, unofficially known
as “The House of Pain”, was dis-
established and sold to local
construction firm Calder Stewart, a
fantastic opportunity arose for the
city’s 500 Rotarians.
Rather than simply bulldozing
the stadium, the owners of Calder
Stewart agreed to allow Rotary clubs
to remove the seats, turnstiles, goal
posts, turf and other fittings from the
ground to sell. Time was tight, with
everything needing to be removed
in just three weeks before demolition
got underway in August.
The nine Rotary clubs in Dunedin
and Mosgiel, Rotaractors, and the
Rotary Club of Milton got stuck in
to complete the mammoth task.
Dunedin-based District 9980
Governor Gary Williams was
delighted at the response from local
Rotarians to the project.
“ This is a great opportunity for
Rotarians across the city to work
together on a project that will benefit
everyone,” Gary said.
Carisbrook Rotary Project
Chairman Brendon Bearman, of
the Rotary Club of Milton, was also
pleased with the high profile of the
project and the eagerness of clubs to
“ This is the project of a lifetime
we will never see its like again,”
Brendon said. “It has brought a lot of
Rotarians from various clubs together
and a lot of excellent contacts have
Now that the deconstruction
phase of the project is complete, the
sale of seats and memorabilia items
from the historic rugby ground –
known across New Zealand as “The
House of Pain” – continues. The goal
posts went very quickly, for $5000
each, and the seats have been sold
to schools and sports grounds across
Other items, such as monogrammed
chopping boards made from some of
Carisbrook’s rimu seats, continue to
sell well through internet auction site
So far the Carisbrook Rotary project
has raised more than $100,000 for
club projects and organisers have
their sights set on a $200,000 target.
Brendon thanked Calder Stewart for
their generosity in allowing the clubs
to use the dismantling of Carisbrook as
“a fantastic fundraising opportunity”.
‘The House of Pain’
One of the most successful programs
organised by Australian Rotary Health
have been the Community Forums
on Mental Illness. These open forums
were organised by Rotary clubs around
Australia in conjunction with Australian
Rotary Health. The format was simple
– a consumer of mental health services
(someone who experienced a mental
health illness), a carer of a consumer
and a mental health specialist in an
open Q&A on mental illness.
Over 600 forums were held
Australia-wide with an estimated
audience of 50,000 people. Australian
Rotary Health was able to reimburse
Rotary clubs up to $1000 per forum
for the cost involved in holding these
events. Fortunately, this program
attracted Commonwealth Government
support and all costs were fully
recovered by Australian Rotary Health
through a grant.
Australian Rotary Health will hold
another round of Mental Health
forums with Rotary clubs, but these
will have an emphasis on “Prevention”.
$50,000 will be provided by Australian
Rotary Health to commence the
program with approximately one or
two forums per Districts in the next
12 months. If the program proves
successful we will again try and obtain
a government grant to broaden the
program and make it available to
every Rotary club in Australia.
As well as a mental health
professional, the “new” forums will
have different speakers – nutritionists,
personal trainers, life coaches,
mothercraft nurses, motivational
speakers to name a few. The forums
can also have a “theme” – perhaps
prenatal care, bullying and helping
children, bereavement, depression in
the elderly or other themes.
If your club is interested in hosting
one of the first forums in Prevention
of Mental Health please contact our
office 02 8837 1900 or email admin@
forums roll out
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By Brenda Harwood
Rotar y Club of Dunedin, NZ
Group effort ... Working
together to remove and
stack sets of seats at
Carisbrook were District
9980 Governor Gary
Williams, left, St Kilda
Sunrise Rotarian Vance
Kapene and President
Heather Swain, and
Graeme Chesney of the
Rotary Club of Dunedin.
with CEO Joy Gillett
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