Somerville Rotary holding fundraiser

Bini Homavazir at the Rotary Club of Somerville’s changeover ceremony on July 7. She is pictured with District Governor Steve Cheney. Photo supplied 

The Rotary Club of Somerville is to mark its 25th anniversary with a dinner and charity fundraiser.

The charity fundraising dinner is on August 14 at the Howick Club and is dubbed A night with Chris Luxon, the MP for Botany and former CEO of Air New Zealand.

Bini Homavazir, the president of Somerville Rotary, said all the funds raised will be returned to the community through Rotary projects.

“Rotary is a voluntary organisation, its operating costs are covered by the members.

“Some of the local projects include the environment (Mangemangeroa Reserve), senior students’ education in science and peace (Elim College), maternal and child health (baby wraps) and basic literacy (Kingsford Primary). Internationl projects include polio eradication (global) as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (Kenya and India).”

Homavazir is excited about the fundraiser and is hoping to sell more tickets for the event featuring “”the most watched man in NZ politics”.

“Join us for a night of wit and wisdom when Chris Luxon speaks on leadership. Luxon joined Air NZ in 2011 as group general manager, international and took over as CEO in 2013.

“After graduating from Canterbury University, Luxon joined international consumer goods company Unilever working in the UK, US and Canada.

“He’s won numerous awards including the Deloitte CEO of the Year in 2015 ND Sir Peter Blake Leaders Award in 2019. He also chaired the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

“Chris left Air NZ, choosing to follow opportunities in the political area,” says Homavazir.

“Having interacted with government at senior levels while at Air NZ, he now sees the political process, pressures and challenges from the inside.”

As a first-time candidate, Luxon secured the Botany electorate in 2020. “There will be a short question and answer session to conclude,” says Homavazir.

  • Want tickets or to know more about Rotary? Contact Bini 0298362951 or binih@xtra.co.nz