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Improving Life in the Local Community

Community Engagement

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.

Canterbury Charity Hospital

The Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside is a supporter of the Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust and has contributed in a number of ways including:

  • Purchase of a Van
  • Donations for the purchase of Medical Instruments including a new defibrillator
  • Supply and installation of a Maintenance Shed.
  • Coffee Machines


The Club was also honoured to award a Paul Harris Fellow to Phillip Bagshaw who was the prime instigator of the Charity Hospital

Hands On Effort

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

Working bees

Community Recognition

Each year the Club honours local people with the Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside Community Awards.

These awards cover the following categories:

Excellence in Workmanship

Recognising a high excellence or pride in workmanship in the work place

Community Award

Recognising a high excellence in Community Service

Vocational Award

Awarded to a business for high excellence in business

Young Totara

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.

Future Community Awards

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


Oriana Park Barn Painting

Orana Wildlife Park

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.

Rotary Neighbourhood Project

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.

Pools in Schools

Colour Me Christchurch

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.

Colour Me Christchurch


Community Giving

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

Distributed firewood

Bishopdale Community Centre Weka Pass Day Out

Be a gift to the world Rotary Theme for the 2015-16 Year

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