Devonport Rotary are behind the scenes heroes who help make NZ Sculpture OnShore flow smoothly. They also add their support with a fundraising night for other Rotary Clubs. On Monday November 12, 250 Rotarians, partners and friends visited the sculpture exhibition from across Auckland – plus Kerikeri and Norfolk Island. They enjoyed a very different night out with a boxed evening meal, wine, beer and a leisurely view of the artworks.
That evening alone raised $3750 for Women’s Refuge. Colin Cannon and Rowan Renouf were the leaders in Rotary participation with NZ SoS. Devonport Rotary members have supported the exhibition since its move to Fort Takapuna in 2004, and have run parking services at the exhibitions, with a gold coin donation requested. With their smiles and enthusiasm of those 24 volunteers they have no trouble collecting – and this year the money raised by parking was an exceptional $4,000 amount.
Four years ago, Devonport Rotary repaired and painted the Officer’s Mess building, which transformed the interior into a wonderful gallery for smaller sculptures.
Sue Harvey, chair on NZ Sculpture OnShore, is grateful for Devonport Rotary input. “Their ongoing generous support of NZ Sculpture OnShore and our charity Women’s Refuge is greatly appreciated. The local Devonport Rotary team are a great community asset, always enthusiastic and keen to ensure visitors have a wonderful day out!”
Friends of Devonport Rotary is a database built to collect the names of local residents who are interested in helping Devonport Rotary with its projects such as tree planting on Motuihe Island, Devonport Food and Wine event, Bikes, BBQs and Blues event, rebuilding schools in Fiji and more. Rotary president Roy Dykes asks that volunteers register via the website www.devonportrotary.co.nz.