Newsletter September 2022

Events beyond our control meant we could not produce a June newsletter but the September edition is a bumper one. Our immunisation program rollouts have gained momentum as COVID-19 restrictions are eased and borders in Pacific countries start to re-open.

So, grab a coffee and click here to ‘read all about it’!

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Newsletter March 2022

Welcome to our first 2022 Newsletter. This year we are featuring Milca Jeremiash, 11, as she received her first dose of the HPV vaccine during the RGECAF vaccines launch event in Nauru in late 2021 on our front page. Thank you to UNICEF for proving many of the newsletter imagery.

This quarter read about RIPE Jennifer Jone’s support of RGECAF and this months Aussie Peace Walk. And remember, please email us with any RGECAF events your club is planning so we can feature you in our next edition.

So, grab a coffee, put your feet up and enjoy. Click here to read.

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Newsletter December 2021

So much is happening this quarter. Click here for our latest newsletter.

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UNICEF releases new RGECAF video

UNICEF has released a New RGECAF project video featuring Dr Frances Vulivuli UNICEF Pacific’s Health and Nutrition Specialist. In one and two minute versions, the video is perfect for Rotarians to use in club meetings and on their social media sites. This and our other videos can be found on our YouTube channel here

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Australian Government Announces $1.4 million for RGECAF

We are delighted to have received confirmation that the Australian Government will support Rotary Give Every Child A Future with a contribution of A$1.4 million. Specifically, the money will complete the funding for Nauru and allow us to fund the HPV vaccine programme in Kiribati. A small amount is also earmarked to support the Kiribati measles immunisation programme.

While several people have worked hard to achieve this, we extend special thanks to Garry Browne AM (RC Sydney, Chair Centenary Committee) without whose assistance this may not have happened. Thank you Garry!

To read the Australian Government Media Release click here

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Number plates that promote Rotary and save lives

For several years Matamata (NZ) Rotarian David Hulme has wanted to promote Rotary through car number plate surrounds, in the same way as many businesses do. It took the Centenary year to bring the idea to fruition and throughout 2021 David and his fellow Rotarians have been promoting the number plate surrounds across New Zealand.
“We saw this as an amazing opportunity to show our pride in Rotary as well as an excellent way to support Rotary Give Every Child a Future,” David says.
“The logistics of the project have been interesting given the geographical spread of Districts but with strong support from Orewa Millwater (D9910), Feilding (D9940), Christchurch (D9970) and Invercargill New Generations (D9980) we have been making good headway selling to members.
Rotary Matamata had the specially designed centennial plate surrounds manufactured in New Zealand and have been selling them for $15 per set.
“To date we have sold approximately 1200 sets and donated more than $5000 in profits to Rotary Give Every Child a Future,” David says.
“This gives Rotarians the opportunity to not only promote Rotary but also support a wonderful life changing and in some cases life-saving project in the Pacific – it really is a win/win on all fronts.
“It has also allowed many of our members to visit other Rotary Clubs so the social side of the project has been an unexpected bonus.”
David says there are still sets available for purchase. “If you are new to Rotary or your club has not seen this promotion and would like to take part, we would love to hear from you. Every six sets we sell help us donate a vaccine for one child.”
There is also an opportunity for clubs to purchase sets and include them as part of their new member induction packs.
“This is a really simple way of getting new members to immediately feel that they are part of y0ur club and Rotary,” David says.
For more information on the project or to purchase sets, email

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Newsletter September 2021

Vaccinations have begun. To read more click here for our September 2021 newsletter.

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London to Wellington painting raises funds for RGECAF


The sale of the lease of their premises prompted The Rotary Club of London (RCL) to review the treasures they had stored there. Among them was a signed oil on canvas painting 76 x 101cm, Early Winter, Lindis Pass, by New Zealand artist Peter McIntyre.

The RCL’s advisor suggested they contact Jonathan Gooderham, owner of the Jonathan Grant Galleries in Auckland. He specialises in the repatriation of paintings and sculptures by New Zealand-born artists who worked in England between the 1900’s and 1950’s and regularly exhibits paintings by Frances Hodgkins, Peter McIntyre and Francis McCracken.

Meanwhile Ian Balcombe, RCL Vice-President, contacted Marion Eades (RC Wellington), a Past President of RCL and now returned to New Zealand. Ian explained that the RCL wanted to use the proceeds of the sale of the painting to support Rotary’s work and Marion outlined the project her club was working on with others in New Zealand and Australia to mark one hundred years of Rotary in Oceania, Rotary Give Every Child A Future.

The Council of the RCL decided to gift the painting to the RC Wellington (RCW) so that the proceeds could be donated to RGECAF. The RCW agreed to accept the gift and arranged the sale with Jonathan Grant Galleries.

As a personal donation to RGECAF, Jonathan Grant Galleries absorbed the costs of shipping and insurance as their contribution to the project and the resulting gift has increased the funding available to the project to $10,000.

The painting is now in New Zealand where it has undergone some minor restoration and cleaning.   Jonathan has since confirmed that a handwritten inscription on the painting confirms it is of the Lindis Pass.

The team at RGECAF are grateful to the RC London and Jonathan Gooderham for their generous donations.

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Rotaractors ‘Move for GECAF’

In November 2020, Rotaractors from The Auckland City Club, championed an international event that resulted in participation from more than 20 countries and raised NZ$11,000 – within six weeks!

Internationally Rotaractors are connected through the World of Rotaract. Utilising this platform Auckland Rotaractors raised awareness of, and crowd funded for, Rotary Give Every Child A Future. They participated in the Auckland marathon and encouraged Rotaractors from around the world to #MoveforGECAF.

The event was so successful that they are running it again this year. In honour of the 100 years of Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in 2021, the campaign organisers created a 100-day challenge around wellbeing. From daily affirmation to squats, you name it they’ve done it. Regardless of the pandemic, these Rotaractors have found a way to make it work. The 18th September 2021 will mark the 100th day and each country/club involved are planning to make the last day one to remember. From quiz nights to colour fun runs, these are all exciting events that we look forward to seeing. They are calling it the International Move for GECAF Day.

It is heart-warming to witness clubs from the opposite side of the globe campaigning for small island countries that some of them have never even heard off. The willingness these clubs have shown has been the driving force of this movement. The Move for GECAF campaign has sparked an international collaboration to raise awareness of what other Rotaract clubs are working on and how they can gain support from afar. Recently, the Multi-district Information Organisations (MDIOs) of Rotaract Mediterranean, Rotaract Europe and Rotaract Oceania hosted the inaugural Climate Change discussion with more planned.

Rotaract Oceania is humbled and grateful for the enormous support they’ve received over the months from international clubs, and is excited to see this newly-paved way of working together for projects close to their hearts. Countries from American Samoa to Bosnia, Canada to Denmark, Italy to Jamacia, New Zealand to Uganda and Brazil to The Netherlands have come together to be a part of this initiative.

Rotaract Oceania are hosting Rotary Give Every Child a Future at a global online event on the 12th September 2021 with Michelle Tanner. Michelle is the Marketing Chair for Rotary Give Every Child a Future and has worked in the vaccine/child health space for over 20 years. She  will explain the history of vaccination programs that Rotary has been part of over the years and share her Rotary experiences, including two visits to Pakistan. The event will also feature updates on the exciting events being planned around the world in support of RGECAF and a panel of Rotary and Rotaract Collaborations.

The event is open to everyone and we would love to see you there. Please register at:

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