Key club members from Papatoetoe High School in Auckland, met recently at the Papatoetoe Sports Centre to celebrate a successful year in Key Club.
A friendly welcome was extended to Key Club members (although a few were studying for end of year exams and unable to attend) and invited guests from Kiwanis by outgoing president, Deepal Prasad.
Deepal gave an overview of the successes of the year, highlighting the fact that Key Clubbers had raised a whopping $12,672.82 from their fundraising efforts. She was not sure how they rqised the 2 cents but was happy with the total amount!
Some of their projects were fun – like Orange Friday. The goal for the day was to raise $1000 so that they could cream pie the associate principal of the school. A serious side of the day was to raise awareness for domestic abuse and violence in New Zealand.
Another PHS Key Club project was to help the Manukau Beautification Trust gain a world record, by joining the group of the most people to have cleaned up a stream. They collected for organisations such as the Red Puppy Appeal, the Alzheimer’s Association and many others – culminating in their healthy fundraising total. Two more projects are on the agenda for this year – sausage sizzles at Bunnings in Manukau and a Teddy Bear’s picnic when they will try for a Guinness Book of Records record to have the most teddies present at a picnic!
A presentation, prepared for the Kiwanis District Convention in September, was replayed for members, entitled “How Key Club has made me a better person.” The theme was that Key Club changes members for the better through helping the community and learning new skills. The overwhelming consensus was that when members give of their time to make someone else’s life better it makes them a whole lot better person as well. New skills, such as cooperation, working as a team, leadership (through running meetings), organisation and communication are valuable attributes gained through Key Club membership.
The presentation was followed by finger food, speeches and awards, and culminated in the presentation of the new officers for 2017. A great deal of hilarity was evident throughout the evening, with President Deepal making sure there was not a dull moment.
President Deepal also won the Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship this year, receiving $2000 towards further education. This will be very well used next year as she plans to attend Auckland University to study medicine.
Key Club has an active facebook page where they share what they do with facebook friends.