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