The Rotary Club of Timaru
Rotary work in our community

Our Hot Dog and Chips caravan
can be seen out and about around South Canterbury. We're regulars at Alpine Energy Stadium when there's a rugby match on, and we have delicious hot dogs, shoestring chips and a variety of soft drinks for sale at the Winchester Swop Meet, the Fairlie A&P Show, and the Timaru Boys High School Fireworks night.

Our members volunteer their time as cooks and sales staff, and McCains generously donate the shoestring fries. All the profits from the hot dog caravan are distributed to local charities.

Club members, with the support of the RJ & CF Moyes Trust, provide a free illustrated dictionary to all Year 4 students in South Canterbury schools.

These dictionaries become the personal property of the student, and is theirs to keep and use as they progress with their learning.
shelter boxes  
We raise funds to help where emergencies leave people struggling to find shelter and food for their families. Rotary ShelterBoxes are delivered on site in a matter of days and provide the basic necessities for shelter and daily living for a family of up to 10.

Our community support has enabled us to provide several ShelterBoxes - can you imagine what that means to a family who have lost their home and all their belongings?
Students from Timaru Christian School chose to purchase and donate a ShelterBox with the funds they raised from their weekly sausage sizzle.

South Canterbury has many wonderful organisations helping people who face challenges in their lives.

We help out where we can, sometimes with financial support, and sometimes with equipment.such as the laptop being presented here by President Tony Henderson to Gabrielle Hall of the Cancer Society.
community events  

Community events for kids and their families are great fun.

The Rotary Clubs in Timaru combine to run a "Top Schools" event - a fun day of games and competitions for teams from local schools. Club members organise the games and ensure a good time is had by all.

RYDA is the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme, a programme provided for secondary schools to help young drivers gain information and skills that will help them become safe young drivers.

The Club invites local secondary schools to participate in this half-day programme. Rotary Club members organise the day and meet the expenses of invited speakers and presenters.