Service Expo 2015

The Macleans College Service Expo was held last Wednesday in the amphitheatre, with a number of service organisations represented at stalls, raising both money and awareness for their causes. Along with video coverage and interviews, we have compiled descriptions and links of each service activity along with how you can get involved.

(We apologize for the less-than-outstanding sound quality in this video; we neglected to use a microphone that day!)

1) Interact Club 2015:

Details: The Macleans Interact Club is passionate about giving back to the community. Our main goals encompass helping the community and environment: this involves supporting charities like Canteen, Ronald McDonald House Charity and Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand (our main charity!). Cystic Fibrosis NZ is currently a small charity that needs a lot of help, so we aim to provide as much support as possible. Throughout the year, we split the clubs into individual groups brainstorming and organizing their own fundraising projects, connecting members with charities they care about. Events include bake sales, tree-planting days and rest home visits. It is a great club to get to know other people and to get involved in community service.

Facebook group: “Macleans College Interact 2015”

Talk to: Khorshed Tarapore (Mansfield) or Annaliese Wheeler (Batten) to get involved

2) UNICEF Club:

Details: UNICEF Club fundraises and raises awareness for issues affecting children around the world, particularly ones with regards to children’s rights.  The club is currently fundraising for the children of Nepal, Syria and Vanuatu in smaller groups, as well as the general fund which aids issues like extreme poverty through providing vaccines, healthcare packs, etc. UNICEF also operates in New Zealand addressing crucial problems like domestic child poverty. Each fundraising group is asked to come up with creative ways in which they can meet their fundraising and awareness goals. Come to a meeting if you care about helping those who are the most vulnerable in the world!

Meetings: Tuesdays after sit-down lunch in S4

Talk to: Saffron Huang (Rutherford) or Helen Wu (Te Kanawa) to get involved

3) Amnesty International:

Details: Amnesty International Club is a group that stands up for the maintenance of human rights and justice. Our campaigns aim to create awareness, act on urgent issues and defend the freedom of others. For example, on the 17th of June, the club held a campaign addressing the Global Refugee Crisis, focusing on doubling the refugee quota in New Zealand. Join other young people who are standing up for human rights by making their voices heard!

Meetings: Tuesdays after sit down lunch in R6

Talk to: Sara Khatau (Hillary), Victor Sun (Batten) or Veisinia Maka (Hillary) to get involved

4) ZONTA Club:

Details: What is ZONTA? Zonta International is a global organization which is working to advance and improve the lives of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

This is the first year Macleans College has had ZONTA Club: one out of four schools across New Zealand. ZONTA works to empower women and improve the lives of women and girls; at Macleans, the key aim is to advance students’ understanding  of women’s issues. In Term 3, ZONTA’s main goal is to support girls in developing countries towards better education and equal rights. We hop to make more people aware by the end of the year about the full potential and power of women.

Main Charity:

Days For Girls makes reusable feminine hygiene supplies for girls in underprivileged countries: in these places, girls often skip school or drop out due to not having the kinds of supplies that we take for granted.

Facebook group: Macleans College Zonta Club 2015
Meetings: Monday after sit down lunch in K5
Talk to: Erin Shen (Rutherford) or Aline Lin (Rutherford) or Khorshed Tarapore (Mansfield) to get involved

Facebook group: Macleans College Zonta Club 2015

Meetings: Monday after sit down lunch in K5

Talk to: Erin Shen (Rutherford) or Aline Lin (Rutherford) or Khorshed Tarapore (Mansfield) to get involved

5) Model United Nations:

Details: The Model United Nations Club talks and debates about current issues, and gets involved in UN Youth events where young people can talk about global affairs, usually from the perspective of different countries. If you have an opinion, want to express it, and are interested in what’s happening in the world, come along!

Meetings: Thursday after sit down lunch in M11

Talk to: Saffron Huang (Rutherford), Dushanka Govender (Mansfield), or Christine Shao (Rutherford) to get involved.

6) Young Innovators Collective:

Details: Young Innovators Collective is a movement of youth who are passionate about being alive – connecting, contributing and cultivating themselves in a community of youth who are all on the same journey of finding out what makes them tick, and how they can use this to make the world awesome. There are plenty of opportunities to attend and create events within East Auckland and to learn and get involved with exciting projects happening all over New Zealand.

Check them out at or join the community at

7) Ronald McDonald House Charity:

DetailsRonald McDonald House is a ‘home away from home’ for families from all over New Zealand whose children require specialist medical treatment at Starship Hospital. The charity provides free accommodation and support for these families during what can be a very difficult and devastating time.No child should have to face a health battle on their own. The House ensures that families can remain together throughout their medical journey, enabling them to find the combined strength to get through whatever challenges the coming days, weeks or months may hold for them.

Mission Statement: When a child is battling a serious medical condition, it’s paramount to their ability to cope and heal that their family remains close. Our mission is to help keep families together and strong.

How to get on board:

Each year Ronald McDonald House Auckland appoints a Youth Board of 12-15 students across Year 12 and 13.

As a member of the Youth Board, not only do you gain the opportunity to meet and work alongside like-minded individuals from across the region, you also get to witness the charity in action first-hand and be a part of the life-changing work that they do in a very practical way. Applications open in February each year to Year 12 and 13 students. Students with passion, energy, initiative and drive to be a part of New Zealand’s family charity should definitely consider applying.

Additionally, RMHA holds up to three ‘Cook Nights’ a week, in which groups come in to prepare and serve a meal for over 100 people staying at the house. This is an extremely valuable team-building experience and a very rewarding way to serve the families of children who are dealing with serious medical conditions.

If you are interested in getting involved in the work that Ronald McDonald House Charity does and would like more information about upcoming events, please feel free to contact Annaliese Wheeler in 13DXB.

Filming by Hamish Regan. Interviewing by Tara Jackson. Video editing by Yuweng Xue. List compiled by Khorshed Tarapore, Saffron Huang, Annaliese Wheeler and various members of the service organizations.

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