December - World Festival of Magic

Each year, less-advantaged children are given complimentary tickets so they can attend, with their families, a magnificent 90 minute family orientated show, staring internationally acclaimed grand illusionist, Chuck Jones. Their tickets are sponsored by local businesses are not for public purchase or resale.

Our club has been associated with the 'World Festival of Magic' which tours throughout New Zealand from 1988, when  offered to member Colin Shore. Proceeds are passed on each year to Lions or Rotary clubs. In turn, we donate ours to charity organisations.

Ever since, at the initiative of Lindsay Coulter,  our club provided promoter Ron McDaniels and his team with office space for a couple of weeks prior to each show. From here they would, on behalf of our Rotary Club, phone around for ticket sponsorships. Over the years Ron became a well known visitor to our club.

Originally, members also helped with the equipment handling on the day.  Today, with improved systems, communications and call-centres, only our ushering is required, making this a very effective fundraiser and community service for us.