Rotary clubs donate $9,000 for mental health support

A $9,000 donation from local rotary clubs will provide much needed support for mental health services in the Upper Clutha.
The donation from the Rotary Club of Wanaka and Aspiring Rotary Club was made on Wednesday (July 1) to Community Networks Wanaka, a not-for-profit service supporting the wellbeing of the Upper Clutha community.
Community Networks provides subsidised counselling and will manage the distribution of the funds donated.
“With this generous donation, we can offer further support for clients,” Community Networks manager Kate Murray said.
“These funds will be used to help people with the cost of counselling. This can range from people having difficulty with relationships, parenting, coping with stress, feeling depressed or experiencing grief,” Kate said.
She said Community Networks had high demand for subsidised counselling, with 23 referrals in June alone.
“Last year we had 87 referrals in total so demand has certainly grown recently,” said Kate.
Rotary Club of Wanaka immediate past president Deb Budden said it was a team effort by the two local rotary clubs and the Rotary District.
“Each club has contributed and we were able to secure a grant from the Rotary District to make this substantial donation,” Deb said.
Kate expressed her gratitude to the local and district rotary organisations for the donation.
“I’d like to say a huge thankyou to the Rotary District and the local clubs for this support. There is a large need and we really appreciate this donation. It’s a great example of how we can work together to strengthen the resilience of our community.”
Community Networks offers subsidised counselling services on a referral basis. For more information click here. LINK:

From left: Aspiring Rotary’s Tabatha Wilson with Kate Murray of Community Networks and Deb Budden of the Rotary Club of Wanaka. PHOTO: Wanaka App
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Movie premier to raise funds for polio eradication

Rotary worldwide is on a mission to end Polio and Rotary members in Wanaka are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
The Rotary Club of Wanaka is excited to be working with Ruby’s Cinema to bring a pre-release screening of the movie Ride Like a Girl to everyone in Wanaka, on Wednesday 23 October.
Each year the Wanaka Rotary Club arranges a polio movie event as a fundraiser for End Polio.  This year’s movie, Ride Like a Girl, is the inspirational true story of Michelle Payne – the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Members of the public wishing to support the cause should get their tickets as soon as possible.
Limited seats are available in both sessions. Contact Deans on 027-2793370 or Ian on 021-950823 to get your ticket.
Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion to ending polio since 1985, including over NZ$8,000 (NZ$24,000 after the foundation contribution) donated by the Rotary Club of Wanaka, last year.
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After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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