Posted by Karen Stade on Jul 05, 2017
A hundred years of 'doing good in the world' was celebrated as the five Nelson area Rotary Clubs planted a grove of trees to mark the centennial of the Rotary Foundation...
About 50 members of the Nelson, Nelson West, Rutherford, Stoke-Tahunanui and Whakatu clubs, along with family and supporters, used a brief window of fine weather on Sunday to plant 280 native trees, shrubs and plants just west of the skating rink at Tahunanui Beach. They also let off 100 blue and yellow balloons and unveiled a plaque on a bench seat commemorating the Foundation centennial planting.
 
The Rotary Foundation grew from an American Rotary president's idea in 1917 for an endowment fund dedicated to helping people around the world. The Rotary Foundation has grown into a powerful force for good that has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects that have transformed millions of lives around the globe. Supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the world, the work of the Foundation includes Rotary's efforts to eradicate the polio virus from the world and the establishment of Rotary Peace Centres. It also helps fund local club and district projects, such as the Nelson Young Parents' School.
 
Event organiser Karen Stade said planting the native grove at the beach was a fun way for the city Rotary clubs to come together to celebrate the global reach of the Rotary Foundation and to make a lasting difference to the local community.
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