Auckland, January 29, 2020
A group of 32 Rotarians, with the experience of criss-crossing the rugged landscape of Nepal and Bhutan, will participate in the Rotary Car Rally, covering the length and breadth of New Zealand.
Arriving from India on February 18, 2020, the contingent of Rotarians, Rotary Anns and Rotary Annetts (respectively wives and daughters of Rotarians) from 12 different Rotary Clubs of Rotary International District 3131, India, hope to promote fellowship and friendship and the internationally known service organisation of 1.2 million Rotarians.
The purpose behind the meticulously planned Rally is also to meet fellow Rotarians in New Zealand, learn about different service projects, attend Rotary meetings, participate in local community service projects and initiate joint projects.
Past District Governor (PDG) India Dr Philly Karani, a senior member of Rotary Club of Somerville (in East Auckland) has been coordinating the event with a dedicated committee of energetic Rotarians (from the Rotary of Somerville) who have been working out the logistics of the Car Rally, led by PDG Subodh Joshi.
Two weeks of Rotary Fellowship
Rotarians from ages 21-73, who are professionals in different fields (including medicine, business, engineering, hospitality and education) will spend two weeks driving in branded cars with magnetic Rotary stickers that create awareness about the various worldwide Rotary projects.
Mr Joshi said, “During the Rally, we will be promoting the core areas of Rotary that starts with `Rotary connects the world’ as well as focus on world peace, global warming and the worldwide campaign of `End Polio Now’ that Rotary has been implementing for the past 30 years. We have helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.”
Mr Joshi said that he is looking forward to creating goodwill and getting to know the local Rotarians starting with the host club, the Rotary Club of Somerville.
About the visitors
The adventurous group of Rotarians have successfully completed two rallies in the past including 10,000 kms in 21 days covering India, and a 8000 km Rally across Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, which has won them accolades.
The Rotary Club of Somerville, led by President Farida Master will be welcoming the Rally enthusiasts at the Howick Club on February 18, 2020.
The Club has also arranged a special barbecue at the Pakuranga Sailing Club on February 21, 2020, which will be attended by Rotary District Governor Garry Langford, Assistant Governors, District Chairs and Senior Rotarians from neighbouring clubs.