Rotaract Wellington was chartered in 2011 by a group of young people who has just completed the 2011 Rotary Youth Leadership Award course.
So what do we do at Rotaract Wellington? We do what all other Rotaract clubs do all over the world – we organise projects that help the local and international communities. Our projects are driven by individual members and this means there is a lot of variety in what we do and what can be done.
Our biggest hands-on project success has been Rug Up for Winter. This is a project where we collect donated beanies for a low-decile school in Porirua. To date over 400 hats have been collected and distributed to children in Porirua. Read More
Our biggest fundraising success has been the Quiz Night we ran in 2015 for an NGO in Cambodia called the Human and Hope Association. We raised a total of $1075US for HHA. Read More
So how do we get from Porirua to Cambodia? Well that’s where our members come in. Both of these projects were driven by the initiative of members who were passionate about helping each of these communities. And your project could be next!
Apart from bigger projects we run many small ones – beach clean ups in the summer, a canned food drive, bake sales, movie nights and others. Organising these projects is the main way that our members develop their skills in project management, communication, organisation, time management, leadership, people management and more.
We also help on local Rotary club projects like the Big Dig on Oriental Parade and the Mt Victoria Tree Planting.
In 1968 Rotary International decided to begin Rotaract, a program to involve 18-30 year olds in helping the community. This program has since grown to include over 300,000 members in 9,000+ clubs in 176 countries and territories.
Each Rotaract club is independently run and is supported by a sponsoring Rotary club which helps guide and mentor the Rotaractors. Rotaract was incredibly popular in NZ during the 70’s and 80’s – for example the lower North Island had over 20 clubs. But over the course of the 90’s there was an aging out process and with no new members coming in, many clubs had to shut their doors. Today Rotaract has 10-12 clubs nationwide. Find out more about Rotaract in other parts of NZ at www.rotaract.org.nz
Our Sponsor Clubs
The Rotaract Club of Wellington would not be here if it weren’t for the support of our sponsor clubs listed below.