Kiwanis International - NZSP Division One (Auckland & Vanuatu)

KI Logo Division 1 Raises NZ$12,000 for the KIDZ FIRST Children's Hospital
Text by Stella Penn - Kiwanis Club of Drury

The building in 2000 of a new children’s hospital at Middlemore presented an ideal opportunity for clubs in Division 1 (Division 10 at the time) of the New Zealand - South Pacific District of Kiwanis International to work together on a project. Total cost of the hospital was $22 million and there was a shortfall of $5 million, this gap to be bridged by service clubs, organizations and corporates.

Pakuranga Club set the ball rolling by donating $1000 for a caregivers bed and the other six clubs in the Division opted to combine resources to purchase a life saving heart Defibrillator for the emergency department at Kidz First at a cost of $12000. Decision made, the clubs set about their fundraising.

Manukau Club held a fashion parade, Drury a garden party/luncheon, Papatoetoe a garage sale, Howick a sausage sizzle, Papakura a barbecue as well as collecting selling old car batteries and Waiau Pa-Clarks Beach club donated some of the proceeds from their golf tournament.

Clubs also had the opportunity to step outside the square to fundraise as a Division, firstly in January at "The Big Day Out" rock concert at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland. It was well named as far as our members were concerned, a twelve hour day, the hottest day in January with a crowd of 45,000 people. The task at hand was to check photo IDs and to place a wristband on concertgoers over the age of eighteen and some had to be seen to be believed!! The next divisional opportunity was to work as film extras in a Walt Disney movie "Ready To Run" which was filmed at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland for American cable TV. A lot of fun, but alas none of our members were asked to give up their day jobs!!

The big check
Stella Penn (Kiwanis Club of Drury) presents a check for NZ$12,000 to Pam Tregonning (in red) while some of the 1999/2000 presidents of Kiwanis Clubs in Division 10 look on. From left to right: Les Allison (Howick), Maureen Brown (Manukau), Faye Blank (Drury), Dave Stewart (Papakura), Brett Howard (Waiau Pa - Clarks Beach) and Ian Potter (Papatoetoe).
Before the check was presented to Pam Tregonning, Kidz First co-ordinator, thirty members from Division 10 were treated to a guided tour of the wonderful new facility. All were impressed with the amount of thought which has gone into the design and planning of the hospital. How satisfying it is to know that the effort of clubs in Division 10 is helping to save the lives of young children in our area.

Other Cool Links:

Page last updated by (David Fentress) on 26 March, 2017.
Your comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.