On 17 November we had a very busy meeting, incorporating a range of guests from the three Wellington Charities our club have chosen to support with the proceeds of our annual charity auction, who each spoke briefly on the work they do, and how the money donated might be used to support their organisations to move forward, continuing to do fantastic work for women, children, and people with (currently) uncurable diseases.
John Tait, Chief Medical Officer of Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand - Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley accepts a certificate from President Dawn, gifting the Wellington Children's Hospital $25,500 proceeds from our auction. 
John suggested the donated money would go towards specialised breathing equipment and beds for the smallest tamariki (children) needing their services. He also specifically thanked the clubs of District 9940 for their contributions that have funded two new whanau rooms, allowing family members a comfortable place to be while they receive treatment at Te Wao Nui. Learn more about Te Wao Nui here.
Dr Rebecca McKenzie is a Senior Specialist with the Hugh Green Cytometry Centre, at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. here, she accepts the Club's donation of $25,500 from President Dawn, which will go towards funding ongoing medical research to help treat uncurable diseases, such as cancer.  Learn more about the Malaghan Institute and their work here
Hiria Tareha is the manager of the Wellington Homeless Woman’s Trust. Established in 2013 with only four beds, the Trust is going from strength to strength, supporting some of our most vulnerable wāhine as they navigate rough sleeping, possibly as a result of domestic violence,  addiction and/or mental health issues. Hiria suggested the $12,000 received from the Club may go towards taking their clients on holiday, or may be invested into tools to help support their education and reintroduction to the work place. Learn more about the WHWT here