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  • 12 Dec 2021 2:10 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    The club took the time to get dressed up in pink, and took to the streets of their neighborhood with their community, bubble, or by themselves to promote education and awareness, celebrate survivors, remember those of them have lost and raise vital funds to support our vision of zero deaths from breast cancer in New Zealand. As promised, they have some goodies for everyone for taking part in the virtual event, but because they also raised more than $300 on your fundraising page (thank you so much!) they also have a top fundraiser 2021 medal.

    Message from the club:

    Jan and I are pleased to report that we completed our virtual walk and raised $370 ! Many thanks to our families and friends that supported our endeavors and encouraged us to tackle this challenge once again. Here I am, nice and dry at 8.30 am on Sunday 31st October, ready for the off. We had decided also to use the Estuary Path rather than Coatesville, as the roads are not easy there in bad weather, so departed from Pioneer Village. I think the post our daughter Jo put on Instagram sums up the event very well We met Jan and friends as expected, just long enough for a quick photograph to record our efforts – There are no pictures at the end of our walk – we were far too wet and bedraggled ! the gentle drizzle turned to rather more wet rain, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.

  • 12 Dec 2021 2:06 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    Oxted sale is well underway and going well. Many thanks to Jean, Beryl and Lynne who have done most of the organizing and to all of you who have volunteered their time to make this major fundraising effort a success. Please remember to record your volunteer hours so they can be included in our annual return. This was a huge amount of work, especially for Lynne, Beryl and Jean. They were ably assisted by a group of willing volunteers. It was a great chance to buy some wonderful items and for members to join together and socialize.

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:34 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    During Auckland’s Lockdown 16 members of our Auckland East IW Club assisted LGFB with the assembling of this year’s Christmas Joy Crackers ready for them to be filled with the goodies. There was much coming and going in our driveway as crackers were collected for assembly and then returned.

    LGFB are very grateful for the support they received from our IW Club and wish to say a big THANK YOU.  We assembled 1800 crackers and later in the process cut up 32 reels of ribbon.

    Thank you members for your support in preparing the crackers and supporting the purchase of the finish product.

    Hazel Hunter IWNZ National Project Co-ordinator.

    The completed crackers ready for your gift.

    Sylvia, Lorraine and Hazel assembling crackers

    Clare filling the LGFB wagon.

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:30 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    Silky Cushions made by the members were delivered to the Cancer Society this week, they were extremely grateful. 

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:09 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    In October the Coffee and Chat held on the last Saturday of the month became a fundraiser hosted by Joan Spencer at her home. The proceeds of the morning tea went to Sweet Louise, who support women with stage four breast cancer. Joan laid on a substantial morning tea with the help of a few of her friends. A lovely time was had by everyone who attended with plenty of friendly chit chat and catching up with one another. Thank you Joan for a lovely time.

  • 12 Dec 2021 12:58 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    Inner Wheel Club of Riccarton - Craft Group made boxes for Popins Christmas Gifts 

  • 12 Dec 2021 12:54 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    21 members attended our ‘International Day’ to listen to Annette Sirak talk about her experience as a volunteer for the Refugee resettlement programme run by Nelson Red Cross. Erin has already given a detailed summary of Annette’s talk in the minutes from the meeting where Annette described how she and her fellow volunteers organise a rental, set up a house and meet the sponsored families at the airport and are then involved in supporting them with integrating into the Nelson community. The goods donated by club members go towards the setting up the house for the family but many items need to be brand new and this is where donations of vouchers from Briscoes and Warehouse are always welcomed. Annette, seen her with our hostess Sue and yet more donations! Annette was very impressed with the amazing amount of goods donated by club members. It was also the club’s 37th birthday and we celebrated with a splendid afternoon tea courtesy of our hostesses Anthea, Carol and Jan and an enormous chocolate cake. Gill gave a farewell and best wishes from the club to Jenny Smith as she is moving to Cromwell.

  • 12 Dec 2021 12:47 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    Our Singapore Roses have been very much on our collective mind this month as, on November 17, the club celebrated its 75th birthday. What an incredible milestone and while the current Covid climate dictated that the milestone be marked virtually, it did mean that our club president Vera Farmilo and fellow committee member Carol Metcalfe could accept the club’s kind invitation to attend. Below is the poster pic we sent to IWC Singapore bearing best wishes from our club. We really liked and appreciated the sentiment in this quote, right, from our Singapore friends as it endorses that we all have something special and unique to offer our clubs and communities. While their activities – like those of most of us around the world – have been impacted by Covid, the club is a firm believer in Participation over Perfection.

  • 12 Dec 2021 12:34 PM | Arshi Madan (Administrator)

    Sharing some highlights from the newsletter.


    Over the past months the club has been collecting a wide variety of good quality household goods for the Nelson Red Cross Refugee program which has sponsored families from Columbia and Myanmar.

    At a recent club meeting, Annette Sirak spoke about her experience as a volunteer for the Refugee resettlement program. Annette and her group, organise a rental, set up the house and meet the family at the airport. The family has three weeks orientation and help with English lessons, setting up bank account, registering with Work & Income and the local health center as well as enrolling children at the local school. The families are also encouraged to have community involvement with families already settled. The local newspaper recently did a feature on a couple from Bhutan who arrived in Nelson ten years ago unable to speak any English and now run a successful fish and chip shop.


    The I W Club of Avonhead commenced the year with a speaker from PIPS (Pregnancy, Infancy, Parenting, Support) formerly Pregnancy Help Canterbury Canty. The August and September meetings were cancelled due to the Covid. In October we had the pleasure of District Chairman Barbara join us and we held our AGM. 

    In July Jillian Crossen put out a request for second hand uniform/winter clothing and knitted beanies for students at Burnside Primary School. The response was wonderful and certainly most appreciated by the school.

    Val Morgan continues to knit Teddy Bears for the Christchurch Hospital and with contributions from other members we have donated a total of 900 Teddy Bears since we commenced this project nine years ago.


    One of our main charities is the Cholmondeley Centre at Governors Bay. Two of our members had made toilet bags, pencil cases and swimming bags and in June we got together and filled these bags with toiletries and pencils etc. Often children who go to Cholmondeley don’t own these personal items so they are given their very own bag to keep. In October Robyn Wallace, manager of the Chomondeley Centre came and spoke to us and told us about the work at the center, so it was nice to be able to give her a good supply of bags for the children. 

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