The Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside engages in a number of projects each year in the Community whether this is in the Bishopdale or Burnside surburbs or the wider Christchurch City.
The Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside is a supporter of the Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust and has contributed in a number of ways including:
The Club was also honoured to award a Paul Harris Fellow to Phillip Bagshaw who was the prime instigator of the Charity Hospital
Members enjoy the “hands on” projects that the club gets involved in. Projects like
Styx Mill Tree Planting
Clean up at Willow bank reserve
Working bee at Kendal Avenue Kindergarten
Working bee at the Charity Hospital
Working bee at Bishopdale Community Centre
Painting the Bishopdale Plunket Rooms
Warm Homes Project to facilitate warm homes for the elderly
Each year the Club honours local people with the Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside Community Awards.
These awards cover the following categories:
Recognising a high excellence or pride in workmanship in the work place
Recognising a high excellence in Community Service
Awarded to a business for high excellence in business
Awarded to a Young person who displays strength of character, courage of conviction, care of community, and pursuit of excellence. The recepient is given a young totara tree to plant.
If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient in the above categories for our next Community Awards please contact the Club Secretary in the first instance for more details.
Generally the criteria is that the person(s) nominated must work or reside in the Northwest suburbs of Christchurch
We have had a long association with the Orana Wildlife Park Trust since it’s inception
This has included various working bees, installation of a flying fox and more recently the repainting of the Barn within the Park.
Working bees also allow members to extend their fellowship and friendship whilst working in teams.
Established by Rotary District 9970 two years ago to distribute funds that had been donated by overseas Rotary Club’s and local clubs as a result of the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2010 & 2011.
The Neighbourhood Project is “not just about signing cheques”. A Rotary Club is linked with each project, whose members then work with the applicants to find out what they need and how they can help. This unique method assists Rotary Clubs become more engaged in their local communities but also assists community groups to establish an on-going relationship with their local Rotary Club.
Our club has assisted financially, been involved with Pools in School, and Club members have been active in running the Trust.
As part of the project, post earthquake, the Club installed and maintained colourful flowers on a vacant lot in the middle of the Christchurch CBD on the corner of Tuam and Colombo Streets. The idea was to provide a bit of colour amongst the then about to be demolished central city buildings and rubble.
Community Projects are enjoyed by many of the members and is one of the primary reason that a member joins Rotary. It enables the member to the opportunity to give back to their community in which he or she lives or works in.
Club based Community Projects have included:
Collecting for Heart Foundation
Assisted with Blood Pressure booths
Collecting for Blind Institute
Royal foundation of Blind – Talking book
Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Heat pump installed at Darfield Community Plunket rooms
Supplied a van to Queenspark school for sports transportation
Donated “Tear Drop’ Signs to Cotswold Pre School
Assisted Cantabrainers Choir Therapy Professionals
Provided Volunteer Drivers to Presbyterian Support Services
Contribution to The Champion Centre
Provided equipment to St Patricks School
Provided support to Harewood School
Contribution to Victim Support
Grant to Bishopdale School for sunhats and digit cameras
Grant to Isleworth School for paint and sports equipment
Supply carpet square to Kendal Kindergarten
Provision of paint for the Bishopdale Pre-school
Donated computers to Odyssey House
Contributions to City Mission
Isleworth School to assist children to school camp
Harewood School for purchase equipment for new classroom
Kendal School for purchase of paint for repaint pool
City Mission for supply and install replacement electric fly catcher
Contribution to Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring programme
Contribution to Kidsfest
Accompanied and paid for day out on Weka Pass Train for Bishopdale Community Centre users