A rewarding breakfast

Left to right, Corrina Dixon and Maxine Gay from Pillars, Kim Callard and Mary Ann France from Comfort Kidz, Michell Jennings, Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility, Nelson Balisa, charge audiologist Manukau Super Clinic and Pam Tregonning, executive director Middlemore Foundation. Photo supplied.

A $16,000 cheque towards a special Audiostar Pro machine for Middlemore Foundation to help early diagnosis of hearing loss was recently presented by Rotary Club of Highbrook at an awards breakfast hosted at The Brook.

Another cheque of $2000 for volunteer group Comfort Kidz which works with a multi-agency centre (which investigates cases of serious child abuse) by gifting children going into care with re-purposed wool blankets together with a pikau (small back pack).

There was also a new laptop for Corrina Dixon who works with Pillars, an organisation that supports loved ones of those in prison because they don’t want them to be a part of tomorrow’s statistics. And, there was $2600 towards a new digital printer for Flat Bush Primary School.

All this in a morning’s work, at a feel–good breakfast hosted to gift funds collected from the recently held Waipuna Conference Suites Highbrook Fun Run Walk.

“Leading up to the day there were a lot of nerves around,” said Highbrook Rotary president Ravinder Manilal.

“Cyclone Gita from the Pacific was heading to New Zealand. I had lost count of how many times a day I was checking the weather forecast. ”

Thanking the 19 sponsors, 475 participants and more than 50 volunteers, she said they raised around $27,000 which goes towards making a difference in the local community.

With Rotary International’s theme for the 2017-2018 year being Make A Difference, the Rotary Club of Highbrook has certainly started the year on a generous note.