Sir Edmund Hillary Project of the Rotary Club of Mount Victoria Inc, Wellington, New Zealand

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Rotary Club of Mount Victoria Inc. - District 9940 - Wellington, New Zealand

The Rotary Club of Mount Victoria Inc. is a small club numbering less than 40 members, who recognise the uniqueness of Sir Edmund Hillary's depicture on the "coin of the realm" and seized on the opportunity to generate funds for Sir Edmund's lifelong ambition of fostering his beloved people of Nepal - the Sherpas - access to education and health care, with the concept of the commemorative $5 banknote project.

Sir Edmund's ambition embodied the true spirit of the principal Rotary International motto "Service Above Self". After the successful launch of the $5 banknote project in 1993 the Rotary Club of Mount Victoria Inc. rebadged itself to commemorate this project, including changing it's Wellington, New Zealand post office box number to 1953 (the year Hillary climbed Mount Everest).

Rotary New Zealand and its local chapters are members of the worldwide organisation, Rotary International. This is an organisation of business and professional leaders worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self".

Working for the New Zealand and International Community

  • Formed the Crippled Childrens Society in New Zealand
  • Built the first Karitane Hospital
  • Organised the first mobile TB clinic
  • Started the Milk in Schools programme
  • Began the first Health Camps
  • Brought the first Defensive Driving Courses to New Zealand
  • Began the National Kidney Foundation
  • Established the Asthma Society
  • Set up the National Children's Health Research Foundation
  • Established the Outward Bound Trust in 1961
  • Administers the J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund
  • ROTA (Rotary Overseas Travel Award) support
  • Rotarians pay their own way to work on humanitarian projects in the Pacific Islands
  • Over 200 New Zealanders have had one years’ study at an overseas University as Rotary Scholars.
  • Supports the annual Genesis National Science and Technology Forum
  • Supports the Siemens Science Experience for senior students