Rotary promises loads of fun at fundraising dinner Rotary Club of Papatoetoe Central is represented by a majority of the Indian community in South Auckland and takes pride in being open to all ethnic groups and cultures.

From Left to Right: Raj Chand, Paramjit Dhat and Kulbeer Singh, members of the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe Central.
From Left to Right: Raj Chand, Paramjit Dhat and Kulbeer Singh, members of the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe Central.

The Papatoetoe Central chapter of Rotary (New Zealand, District 9920), among the relatively youngest chapters of the Rotary club, is promising loads of fun, entertainment, and satisfaction of helping a great cause, to their guests in the annual fundraising dinner.

The fundraising dinner, scheduled on Saturday, June 2, at Alexandra Park Function Centre, Epsom, will have the Minister for Ethnic Communities and Member of Parliament for Manukau-East, Jenny Salesa, as the chief guest.

Raising funds for charity

The fundraising dinner is the biggest and the most preferred way of Papatoetoe chapter of Rotary for raising funds for charity.

“Earlier the club had organised a fundraising dinner in 2017 with a theme on ‘Girmit’ and was able to send money back to Fiji to assist in relief and rescue immediately after the Cyclone Winston had torpedoed the Pacific Island nation,” Raj Chand, a proud Rotarian originally from Fiji told the Indian Weekender.

This year the theme of the event is ‘Indian diaspora night,’ with an intention to recognise and applaud the success and achievement of Kiwi-Indians.

“The event envisages to recognise few prominent Kiwi-Indians who have not only done well for themselves, and but have made the community proud with their actions,” Kulbeer Singh, another proud Rotarian who has been involved with the Papatoetoe Central chapter from its inception said.

Rotary club is a service organisation which strives to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services while networking and socialising in a fun-filled environment.

“It’s not for nothing that Rotary club is known as five-star charities around the world.

“It is a social networking place for professional and business leaders with a like-minded vision of reaching out to the wider community and supporting a great cause,” one of the founding members of the Rotary Papatoetoe Central chapter said.

“Rotary club brings together people from all walks of life, especially those who have succeeded in life, business and work, and wants to give back to the community,” Singh said.

“Currently there are more than 35,500 Rotary clubs all around the world, which is more than the number of McDonald outlets,” Chand added.

It was in 2015 when the members from the broader Indian community had come together to form Rotary Club of Papatoetoe Central.

The club, though represented by a majority of the Indian community in South Auckland, takes pride in being open to all ethnic groups and cultures.

“We are an Indian diaspora club essentially, but we welcome members from other community as well,” Chand added.

An evening to remember

Speaking more about the entertainment quotient of the event, the trio, who spoke with The Indian Weekender said, “There will be a lot of fun, entertainment and satisfaction for everyone to take back from the event.”

“We have got famous media personality Nigel Godfrey is to be the Master of Ceremony of our event.

“We have also got Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia, Miss Universe New Zealand 2017, attending our event as a guest.

“We have also got performers from the Bands of Pacific and a belly dancing group coming to our event as well,” an elated Chand said.

“Along with that, guests will also have the opportunity to have the satisfaction of helping out four different causes of charity, viz, Cancer Society of New Zealand, Rotary Foundation, St John and Starship Hospital,” Dhat said.

Source: The Indian Weekender

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