Posted on Dec 03, 2019
The guest speaker was Peter Jex Blake who spoke about the outward bound proposal.
 
Peter is a farmer and owns a self-storage company in town.
 
Peter has kicked off the proposal to set up an Outward Bound course for disadvantaged young people after sponsoring an employee on a Women in Leadership course and was struck by the positive change.
 
She would never have been able to go by herself and so the focus is on people who would never be able to afford the course.
The project is being coordinated through the Sunrise Tairawhiti Trust which will coordinate the fund. Donors give what they can. Fifty percent is allocated each year and the balance is put into a fund to build up over time to make the project self-sustainable.
 
There were lots of questions from the floor and all of the members present indicated their support for the project. It was decided that a good contribution would be suitable. It was noted that personal donations to the project were also welcome and could be used to grow the Rotary grant.
 
There was a meeting of possible sponsors the following week and Rod attended in my absence and will report back this week. The Board will confirm at its next meeting.