Papamoa has become a safer place to be and grow up in thanks to $10,000 worth of grants offered to community groups.

Papamoa Rotary Club has gifted five grants to local charities and not-for-profit organisations as part of its 10th anniversary since establishing in 2008.

Live for More Charitable Trust received $5000, Papamoa Neighbourhood Support received $2000, Papamoa Community Patrol received $1500, Te Aranui Youth Trust received $1000, and Papamoa Running Buddies received $500.

Rotary President Russell Kilpatrick says he is pleased to give the money to worthy causes.


Live for More takes at-risk young people and empowers them to find freedom from drugs, alcohol and crime and Te Aranui Youth Trust mentors young Papamoa girls, focusing on self-image, social media behaviour, mental health issues, drug and alcohol effects, self-defence, nutrition and first aid.

Papamoa Neighbourhood Support co-ordinator Bruce Banks says the money will help the organisation buy 200 new pole signs, each displaying the New Zealand Police and Papamoa Rotary logo.

"Raising funds locally is always a bit of a challenge and the pole signs are an integral part of crime prevention," he says.

"I get phone calls almost every week with people wanting signs put up in their neighbourhood."

Banks says the signs are a visible deterrent to crime and to get money for the group to erect them in Neighbourhood Support areas is "a fantastic response".

The group has more than 5820 members and about 200 volunteer street co-ordinators.

Papamoa Community Patrol's Japie Volschenk says it plans to buy reflective safety clothing to help make their members safer during winter nights patrolling streets.

"We have got 50 members, they are out there at night in winter, in moonshine or rain patrolling the streets."


And the clothing the volunteers currently use is wearing out, or simply doesn't fit.

"You have got tiny little ladies, and big bulky men, that each need jackets," Volschenk says.

"Being out at night time, especially when you have to get out of the vehicle, without a reflective jacket is suicide. You can be mistaken for a burglar, or someone else, or people won't see you and drive over you."

Volschenk says it is easy enough to find warm vests and jackets for $15 to $20 each "but when you go to buy a reflective jacket, you are looking at $90 each".

"It's like they know people need it and the prices go up but you have to buy it, the safety of people is important."

If anyone is interested in joining any of the groups listed, they can contact them via their Facebook groups or by contacting Papamoa Rotary when they meet at Robert Harris Cafe, Papamoa Plaza, on Thursdays at 6pm.