Reading Assistance Programme (Rotary Readers)
The programme was initiated by the Wanganui Rotary Club in 1997. It operates in 12 Wanganui Primary Schools
Four “Rotary reader” volunteers are allocated to each school. They attend one morning per week for 2.5 hours and listen to, and assist children on a one to one basis with their reading.That's about 120 volunteer hours every week.
The response from the children is enthusiastic. Some of the children get little opportunity for similar reading experiences at home.
Not all the volunteers are Rotary Club members.Other volunteers are recruited on a ‘tap on the shoulder’ basis to ensure suitable people are recruited and so there is a reasonable gender balance of volunteers.
Annual Book Fair
Whanganui Rotary have been running book fairs since 2007. Funds raised go to Club projects and local charities. Books are collected throughout the year with a major drive in the four weeks before the book fair in late February or March. The venue is is a large vacant retail shop. The old Farmers appliance store has been the venue in recent years.
Books are sorted, priced and displayed in the week before the fair, then there are three or four days of hectic selling.
The Food Bank
The Club has a scheme to assist the Wanganui Food Bank.It is administered by the Club's senior committee
A table is set up at the door where members enter and are welcomed to the regular Monday meeting. At the table there is a box where members can donate a food item and a basket where they can make a gold coin donation.
Contributions are taken to the Food Bank at the end of the meeting. Over $35,000 has been contributed since the scheme started
Supporting our Community
Much of the money received from our Fundraising activities go towards supporting our commumity.
Young people following their dreams, community groups involved in health, youth, welfare etc are usuually chronically underfunded so we help them out
Here are some recent examples
A girl to Outward Bound
A boy to the World golf Croquet Championships
A young man to a 5 day Rotary leadership course
An ATC cadet to a World event in The Netherlands
A girl on the Spirit of Adventure
A UCOL scholarship
A girl to a national Science Forum
Five students to Nagaizumi in Japan
Community Education Services Wanganui
Matipo Community Development Trust
Women's Refuge Wanganui
Wanganui Medical Foundation
Wanganui Brain Injury Association
Sarjeant Gallery Extension Fund
Children's Ward Wanganui Hospital
Age Concern Wanganui