What a great turn-out with Rotarians from St. John's, Auckland, and Harbourside Club in attendance. Things really started to heat up with the competition on whose food turned out best. We did a pretty good job- judge for yourself.
ROTARACT Cooking with Vanessa Baxter 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
Fundraising Dinner with Nadia Lim 2018-10-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2018
As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival on Saturday 6th October, four Downtown Rotarians (Phil Caughey, Mike Campbell, Karyn Spencer and David Graham), assisted with the Hillary Leadership Centre's Open House. 
The house is located on school grounds near the entrance to the Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Senior School in Franklyne Road, Otara
Hillary Leadership Center 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
Child and adolescent mental health is a very serious problem in NZ. New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicides amongst all OECD countries.
Led by our Champion Graham Hendry, we are striving to support positive change by funding programmes that give clinicians access to the best practise solutions to help with their diagnosis and treatment.
Why we care about Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Dear Members,
I recently received a lovely letter from our RYE Student Hannah who shares her experience returning to Austria and her continuing life journey.
Please email me if you would like Hannah's contact details and I will provide to you separately.
Happy Reading!
Letter from Hannah (our Rotary Youth Exchange Student) 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
On 22 September, Gareth was one of 5 judges at AGGS  to judge teams from 65 year 10 students as they came to the close of their 3 day Business Challenge. Students grouped into companies, decided on a hypothetical product, write a business strategy, ‘sell’ their product, and launch their idea at an oral competition of the final day.
AGGS Business Challenge - Judge Gareth 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
What a great turnout at our Fundraising dinner on 25 September at Wine Chambers!
62 guests including DG Ingrid Waugh, Rotarians, RYLARians, Rotaractors, corporate clients and supporters of Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Edmund Hillary Primary School all came out to listen to Michelle A'Court share with us her personal story about how she became a comedienne and the inspiration to her best selling books. 
It was a great night out. Thanks to everyone for their support in making it happen.
Fundraising Dinner with Michelle A'Court Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-09-26 12:00:00Z 0
ROMAC in Action - with help from our Club member Liz Thomson.
Another young life changed by the help of ROMAC...
Regine came to Auckland and had her surgery on Friday 5th October. She is here until end of November. For those interested to know more, please contact Liz.
Just after the surgery..
A brand new little girl...
ROMAC in Action Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Club member Susanne Loesser did a fantastic job in capturing our All That Jazz Celebration memories at our changeover party.
From the photos purchased, Susanne has donated $300 to KiwiHarvest. 
Thank you to everyone who bought photos & special thanks to Susanne for her contribution!
Donation to KiwiHarvest from All That Jazz Photos Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Downtown Auckland Rotary Club working alongside PWC, KPMG, Deloittes, Kotahi and ASB sent 19 young people to this years RYLA programme.  Along with young people from their own companies, they also sponsored applicants from CureKids, World Vision, Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia & Blood Cancer, Auckland Girls Grammar School and the Graeme Dingle Foundation. Downtown member Pam Deal along with husband Alan were this years camp Mum and Dad. Caroline Ash was the recipient of the Graeme Campbell Scholarship, she receives $1000 to use towards further Leadership education.
2018 RCDA Rylarians Gill Johnston 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0

James Langton (Champion of Auckland City Mission) is organising a tinned food collection for the City Mission. Please bring your donated tinned goods to the next meeting 4 Sept.

Please show your support and contribute where you can. Drivers may also be required to help with logistics. Contact James for more information on how you can help.

Auckland City Mission Clothing and Food Drive Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-11 12:00:00Z 0

Sister Club Osaka-Dojima (OD) Rotary Club Update

Our friends in Japan have experienced a challenging start to the beginning of their Rotary year. Their changeover event was rescheduled due to an earthquake close to Osaka. However, President Shinkichi Kanazawa and President Elect Toru Nishikawa were able to be formally recognised a few weeks later. 

Since then, record levels of rainfall in western Japan have also caused havoc on millions of people across the country who have had to relocate to safer areas due to mud slides, building collapses, and infrastructure problems. Sadly over a hundred people have lost their lives and another 87 people are missing. While OD Rotarians and their families are safe, our hearts go out to those who were not so lucky.

Please contact Grant or Lucy if you would like to know more about how we might be able to contribute to their relief efforts.

Osaka-Dojima Sister Club Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-11 12:00:00Z 0

I am Hannah Sidonie Schwarzmann and I am a Rotary Youth Exchange student in District 9920 in Auckland 2017/18. I was hosted by the Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland.

During my Exchange I lived with several host families and went to St Cuthberts College in Epsom. 

I arrived in New Zealand on the 30th of July 2017. 

RYE Student_Hanna Schwarzmann Gill Johnston 2018-07-04 12:00:00Z 0
A BIG THANK YOU to all the members who bought raffle tickets (especially those who bought more than 1!). The girls are very happy to report they raised the $350 needed to print the Mindfulness Journals as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Competition.  A special thank you to Rob Wills for buying the gift basket in the end for $60 and to winner Peter Wilson for auctioning off the prize.    
Auckland Girls Grammar School- Team Universal Fundraiser Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-04 12:00:00Z 0

Keith Robinson and Kerryn Downey both enjoyed an excellent time in the sunshine picking vegies at the growers in Pukekohe.
 Ably assisted by Gary from the grower they filled all the boxes and were back at KiwiHarvest HQ by 2:30pm. KiwiHarvest were thrilled to bits with a van load of fresh produce, some of which was immediately despatched to an agency feeding families in Penrose. The rest was distributed the following day.
Kiwi Harvest 2018-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to Rob and Joanne Wills, Tony Gardner, Keith and Heather Robinson who went over to Motuihe Island last Sunday to help with the tree planting.  By all reports a good day was had by all, with the added bonus being the sighting of a Tuatara on the Island.
We will let you know when the next tree planting day is going to be held.
Motuihe Tree planting
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Tree Planting Motuihe Island Gill 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0 Motuihe,Tree planting

Downtown Auckland Rotary members helping with the packing of some Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s).
Rotary ERK’s are intended for use in civil disasters such as cyclones and floods in the Pacific Islands, and in particular, to assist families survive the first days after the disaster until large scale aid reaches them.
Emergency Response Kits (ERK's) Gill 2018-04-24 12:00:00Z 0
The President did jump..........
Yes, President Gill successfully completed the SkyTower jump on Wednesday 9th May in support of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and has the tee-shirt to prove it, that's Gill in the photo!
Many thanks to all those who supported this and we're thrilled to announce that Gill raised in excess of $2,800.  
Drop Your Boss Gill 2018-04-24 12:00:00Z 0
Trees for Survival Gill 2018-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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