Ki­wa­nis helps com­mu­nity groups

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Te Awa­mutu Ki­wa­nis Club is fin­ish­ing the year on a high and has a lot to look back on as it cel­e­brates another year of sup­port­ing Te Awa­mutu chil­dren and youth.

The com­mu­nity ser­vice club, open to men and women, aims to make Te Awa­mutu a bet­ter place live.

Pres­i­dent Ben Wil­liams says the club helps projects and ac­tiv­i­ties which ben­e­fit fam­i­lies and young chil­dren in Te Awa­mutu and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“We tend to be do­ers, rather than writ­ers of cheques,” Ben says.

The club re­lies on its own fire­wood sales to raise money to help lo­cal groups.

Ben says a high­light of the year was pre­sent­ing a Le­gion of Hon­our award to Richard Pick­er­ing and Grant Gar­diner, two of the group’s long­est serv­ing mem­bers.

Richard and Grant have each given 35 years of ser­vice to Ki­wa­nis and the Te Awa­mutu com­mu­nity.

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Te Awa­mutu has sup­ported many lo­cal groups and projects through­out the year.

It pur­chased a trailer for the Piron­gia Cub & Scouts group to use at its fire­wood fundrais­ing work­ing bees and camp trips.

The club bought a shed for Rid­ing for the Dis­abled and helped fund an as­sis­tance dog for a lo­cal autis­tic child.

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Te Awa­mutu spon­sored the speech and drama sec­tion prize at Te Awa­mutu Fes­ti­val of Per­form­ing Arts and pro­vided bar and wait staff at the Cor­ner­stone Trust fundrais­ing lun­cheon.

It helped with a bar­be­cue at the Waikato West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter Open Day, spon­sored chil­dren at­tend­ing the Kainga Aroha Christ­mas camp and helped with main­te­nance work at Mahuika Com­mu­nity House.

The Te Awa­mutu club sup­ports an on­go­ing pro­ject in Van­u­atu which sends two or three ship­ping con­tain­ers a year to the South Pa­cific Ocean na­tion filled with ed­u­ca­tional items such as books, desks and com­put­ers.

Ki­wa­nis clubs in Van­u­atu help dis­trib­ute items di­rectly to the schools in need.

The 12th an­nual Ki­wa­nis Char­ity Golf Tour­na­ment in March, or­gan­ised by the five Ki­wa­nis Clubs in the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty area, raised over $10,000 for di­a­betic chil­dren.

Next year’s main re­cip­i­ent is the Grand­par­ents Rais­ing Grand­chil­dren Trust, which pro­vides sup­port groups through­out New Zealand, in­clud­ing in Te Awa­mutu, for se­niors tasked with rais­ing their grand­chil­dren.

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Te Awa­mutu meets on the sec­ond and fourth Mon­day of the month.

Meet­ings usu­ally in­clude a guest speaker and meal.

All wel­come to at­tend.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Ki­wa­nis con­tact Kevin on 871 4355 or visit www.ki­wa­nis.org.nz

Photo / Sup­plied

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Te Awa­mutu pur­chased a trailer for the Piron­gia Cub & Scouts group — just one of the many groups the club has sup­ported this year.

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