If you would like to know more
about the Rotary Club of Taradale, and perhaps enquire about joining
the Club, then please ring the President at
Rotary Club of
Shine for Shelter Box
on a special evening organised by Claire Connor, to raise money for the
10th October 3rd 2019
Reporter: Rob Pattullo
The evening's guest speaker was Jimmy Griffith.
Jimmy was introduced
by Claire as a ShelterBox Response Team leader who has
been deployed internationally 12 times in the last 5 years. As Jimmy was
being introduced, a piece of freshly baked shortbread was passed around
to each member, the significance of this was explained by Jimmy as he
opened his address.
Jimmy Griffiths with Claire
Connor, Club's Shelterbox coordinator,
Richard Hay, Club President
began with a slide of an elderly Nepalese women sitting in front of a
pile of rocks hitting them with a pick to make lots of smaller rocks.
For this she was paid $1.00 per day.
shortbread regularly for his Shortbread Trust which he sells for $2.00 a
piece. The comparison between the two really drives home the message of
poverty and vulnerability many millions of people face daily around the
world. The Shortbread Trust in conjunction with sponsorship has raised
over $85,000.00 to date. These funds are then used to provide fresh
drinking water, sanitation, food and ShelterBoxes in the aftermath of
disasters around the world.
A light box to provide light and
deployment was to Malaysia after serious flooding had made many
homeless. In this case, ShelterBoxes were able to provide shelter &
security for many families. Jimmy’s most recent deployment was to
Bangladesh to assist with the Rohingya refugee crisis from Myanmar.
These huge camps were built on hillsides, sanitation was non-existent
and the situation was desperate for so many and could remain so for some
Rotary International has been able to give ShelterBox real credibility
where ever they are deployed. Rotary opens doors with local government,
customs, police etc to enable help to get to where it is needed quickly.
This is solely volunteer work for Jimmy and his dedication and passion
for this work was an inspiration to all of us present.
There are 240 ShelterBoxes on hand in NZ to deploy in an emergency and 180 ShelterBox
Response Team members internationally.
victims of disasters need is to be shown some kindness and to this end
Jimmy recited a poem about kindness.
Taradale Town Hall
The Town Hall is an attractive assembly hall
available for use by the local and wider Hawkes Bay community.
Hire the Hall
Puketapu Auction and Fair
The Club holds an annual Auction
and Fair (PAF) on the property of Roger Alexander at Puketapu. For more
information click the following link
The Trust supports the education and training
of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay in
co-operation with the HBDHB. To learn about the Club's involvement in this
Dolbel Reserve is a passive Council
Recreation Park of some 18ha on the Western Hills of Taradale.
Memorial Education Trust.
Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education
Trust administers a fund for the benefit of students NZ wide and can partner
with other similar trusts globally.
For details of how to make
an application for KTMET funding, click here.