2020 Polio Movie Event On
12 November, the new movie I Am Woman will start showing in New Zealand cinemas.
It’s the story of Australian singer/songwriter, Helen Reddy, who shot to global stardom in the seventies.
While set in the US, the movie is a down under production with Tilda CobhamHervey sensational in the lead role.
The film distributors have agreed for Rotary to have the exclusive rights to show the movie in New Zealand cinemas during October and non-exclusive rights in November.
While COVID has made planning and running a movie event more challenging than usual, with appropriate measures (masks, sanitiser and sensible seating arrangements), it is possible for this event to go ahead. With audience sizes limited by social distancing, and with many people looking for new opportunities to have a little fun, we’re not going to be surprised if lots of clubs run more than one show.
To arrange an event you need to negotiate an arrangement with your local cinema. Typically, $10/seat paid to the cinema, with a ticket price of $20-25. Cinemas are not obliged to participate however most have had a tough time during the pandemic and may welcome this opportunity. You may wish to work with other clubs to arrange a joint event, hold a raffle, invite other service clubs etc etc
This year, it is very fitting that the Polio Movie Event be a tribute to Australian Past RI President, Sir Clem Renouf, who passed away on 11th June. Sir Clem was a giant in Rotary’s history and was one of the leading figures in our fight to end polio.
For resources in putting together your event, please go to
And, of course, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation continues to match Rotary’s polio fundraising 2:1. So, let’s have some fun, and raise funds for polio! For assistance or further information please contact District Polio Chair Michelle Tanner