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Club promotion . . One side of the shuttle trailer promotes Rotary, while the ends publicise two ongoing club projects. The other side of the trailer promotes the Waimate district and the local council. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

by Claire Allison

The Rotary Club of Waimate along with the Waimate District Council, Colorprint NZ Ltd and Stowell Motors Ltd have provided the Waimate community with a covered shuttle trailer.

The trailer can be used by all community organisations, schools, sports groups, church groups and any other groups that have to travel out of the district and need to take their equipment.

The trailer is free of any rental charges, as Rotary sees this asset as a service to the Waimate community. If the group using the trailer feels the service has been worthwhile, a small donation can be made to offset static costs.

Thoughts of the community trailer came about after the club made for the community the Rotary Kiosk, which is used by all groups that fundraise from the New World car park.

The club has been surprised at the number of organisations who have written to Rotary expressing thanks for the safe and dry situation that has been provided.

As a result of some comments that it was not always possible to obtain suitable transport for equipment needing to be taken to events, such as school camps, the youth group of the Rotary Club took on the idea of the shuttle trailer.

Stowell Motors was approached, andit has been very supportive of the project. The group then realised there was an opportunity to have a mobile billboard and promote Rotary, and two of its projects, “It’s not OK” and “End Polio Now”.

Colorprint came in with generous support, and the team took the plans to the Waimate District Council offering the opportunity to have one side of the trailer for the promotion of the Waimate district.

So wherever the trailer is, so too is the Rotary Club of Waimate and our Waimate District Council and the silos depicting Dr Margaret Cruickshank, New Zealand’s first female practising doctor, and Eric Batchelor, the only New Zealand soldier to be awarded the DCM and Bar.

The project also received funds from the District Rotary Committee 9980.

Apart from the kiosk and trailer projects over the past 12 months, the club has also, with major support from our local businesses and community, again put together the local large-print telephone book.

With the cover promoting the silo artworks of Dr Cruickshank and Mr Batchelor, this project has gone out to the community free of charge to each household. The club has also had an app developed that allows people to access the phone book on a smartphone. – Colin Dore, trailer committee, Rotary Club of Waimate.