Rotarians give from the heart

Counsellor Tina Jones, centre, and Brigitte Windsor of Youth In Transition accept a cheque from Orewa Rotarians Brian Barnett and Karen Bonici.

Orewa Rotarians gave generously to the community at their meeting in Rotary House, Silverdale on November 22, handing out a total of $10,000 in donations to local individuals and groups.

The largest sum, more than $5000, went to Youth in Transition – an organisation set up to provide support for people (especially those aged 10 to 24) who suffer with depression and anxiety. In particular Youth in Transition works, alongside other agencies, with those at risk of suicide, or who have attempted suicide.

Presenting the cheque, Orewa Rotary president Billy Beggs said that Youth in Transition has developed a unique programme. Called ‘The Journey back to Awesome’, it includes counseling and matching clients with community mentors as well as peer support groups, nutrition and exercise and family support.

Recently the Rotarians held a dinner function to raise money for the Charitable Trust that supports Youth in Transition, and those who attended were moved by speeches about the organisation’s work.

Other recipients of grants on the night were Orewa Sea Scouts, who received $1890. Treasurer Gwenda Holster-Dowler says the money will be used to purchase waterproof radios – a vital piece of safety kit enabling leaders on shore to communicate with the scouts on the water.

Funds also went to Surrogate Grandparents, which links families with older people to provide mutual support, friendship and fun, as well as to a local family so that their two children suffering Crones disease can attend a youth camp.