Some of our current major fundraising activities are:
- Circus Quirkus: This is a professionally-telemarketed fundraising activity for underprivileged children to attend a human circus. It is held annually in Clarence St Theatre. Members assist by ushering at the event.
- Montana Food and Events: Our key fundraising contract is with Montana Food and Events and involves members providing hospitality services at key sporting events in the city. This is a hands-on commitment, and all members are encouraged to participate regularly.
- Balloons over Waikato: This is a major social event in the city and our involvement requires the support of many members, and others – throughout the week but most importantly on the afternoon and evening of the Nightglow. The funds we raise from this event are then donated to a special charity that is selected annually.
- Other fundraising: At various times we undertake other fundraising activities, and we are always seeking opportunities to raise funds. Our weekly raffles and sergeants sessions also assist us with fundraising.
Between July 2022 and June 2023, our club of around 40 members distributed more than $68,000 to our community. This breaks down to $1,650 per club member, or $140 per member, per month.
In addition, we applied for a Rotary Foundation district grant, enabling our club to purchase and install five AEDs at key points around Hamilton City.