New Zealand Rotary members are putting food on the tables of low-income families this holiday season by teaming up with the Salvation Army to collect and distribute fresh produce from local growers.
Starting several years ago, the Rotary Club of Drury, Auckland, New Zealand, annually contacts growers to set up a time in mid-December to collect produce for distribution, and then coordinates with the Salvation Army. The club lines up three large trucks, each with a crew of three Rotary members, to drive to different regions to collect the produce, which the Salvation Army then distributes to families during the holidays.
This project is just one of many that Rotary members have shared on Rotary Showcase. Four others of note:
- Rotary members in Amman, Jordan, hold an annual Dinner in the Dark, at which guests experience what it’s like to eat in complete darkness. Blind and visually-impaired volunteers guide the guests, serve the meals, and dine with them to discuss the challenges they face. All proceeds go to the club’s community projects and raise awareness of issues facing the visually impaired.
- The Rotary Club of Makati Central, Metro Manila, Philippines, supports a Pedia Fair twice a year, in July and December, organized by the Department of Rehabilitation at the Philippine General Hospital, to raise awareness of the needs of disabled children. The club also supplies art and educational materials for the children to use during their weekly therapy to enhance their growth and emotional development.
- Members of the Rotary Club of Cheyyar, Tamil Nadu, India, distributed bedding, food, and clothes to people affected by heavy rains that devastated areas around Chennai from mid-November to early December. Read more about the flood relief camp project.
- Australian Rotarians in Coomera Valley hosted a Carols by Candelight event in a local park, giving guests a fun evening of caroling alongside local celebrities and popular bands. Proceeds were donated to a local children’s hospital.
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