Friday, February 5, 2010
Kiwanis help school children in Vanuatu
"One man's rubbish is another man's treasure" is the order of the day in a Kiwanis New Zealand initiative that helps the children of Vanuatu.
The Kiwanis Club of Takapuna plays a major role in projects helping Vanuatu.
The latest project involved packing a 12-metre shipping container with old school desks, chairs, children’s books and other items.
Most of the old school furniture was donated by Takapuna Grammar School, after a refit of several of their classrooms.
Many books and other items were donated by North Shore schools and residents, while other items came from further afield.
There were around 30
Kiwanians, including eight from the Takapuna club, present to collate, sort, repack and stack into the container.
Organiser Ewan Beck says the turnout of helpers was the biggest ever and there was a wonderful atmosphere of fellowship and fun.
Home-baked goodies for morning tea and a barbecue lunch kept energy levels
up for the strenuous day’s work.
Kiwanis in New Zealand have been assisting the Port Vila Kiwanis Club for nearly 10 years .
Patsy Hill of the Taka-puna Kiwanis Club says about 100 tonnes of school furniture, computers, books and other items has been shipped to Vanuatu since the project began.
Between shipments Kiwa-nis club members collect items in their communities, accepting almost anything that is suitable for children’s learning requirements.
Kiwanis members are grateful for any donations that help the project – either monetary or items that are no longer needed.
• The Takapuna Kiwanis Club meets at The Birkenhead RSA, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead, on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month. For more information call Patsy on 410-5631 or Tony, call 443-6223 or call 0800 Kiwanis (0800 549-2647.