Monday, 22 July 2013

Rotary takes care of children

Amongst the rubble, the boarded up windows, weeds growing wild in abandoned gardens, the dust of dried liquefaction in cracked and broken streets, there is an oasis - a haven where parents can sit in the sun and watch their children play in the recently redeveloped children’s playground at Woodham Park in the eastern side of Christchurch, New Zealand.

This major upgrade project was made possible following the February earthquake through the generosity of the 9910 Rotary Club of North Harbour with a donation of $14,000, 9920 Rotary Club of Mt. Eden’s donation of $10,000 and a donation of $6000 from District 9920.

The project was undertaken by the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise, with members Murray Ellis and Brian Phillips overseeing the work and obtaining further support with discounted pricing from Adam Stride at the equipment suppliers and installers, Park Supplies Ltd, Matta Products Ltd, and project assistance and site preparation from the Christchurch City Council.  Radio Station More FM provided free advertising in a search for sponsors, with District 9970 Project Earthquake Support Rotarian Lindsay Crossen also very helpful in sourcing funds.

This park in Woodham Road was originally opened in November 1942 and the major upgrade needed in the children’s playground was hastened by the earthquake event. Children can now enjoy a host of outdoor play equipment including swings, seesaws, paddling pool and climbing frames in the safety of their local park.

Members from the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise, the local Community Boards and the City Council were there on February 4 to officially reopen this fantastic facility for the children of Christchurch.

On their behalf, we thank you all for your generosity and kindness in making this project possible.