Last year, at the very beginning of our Sub Urban journey we applied to the Rotary Club of Wellington/ Akina Kick Start fund. We lovingly produced a somewhat cheesy and amateurish video of our hopes and dreams for our social enterprise, and were lucky enough to get shortlisted.
On the finalists night we turned up and sold our wares (as it were) to the Rotarians some of whom loved the idea - but overall we didn't garner enough support to win the cash prize.
Bother. We really did need that money!
We were told by Akina at the beginning of the process that the Rotary partnership wasn’t just about the cash. But at that point, feeling a tad jaded we thought, yeah right.
Well, sometimes it’s nice to be proved wrong.
After our “failed” attempt at the prize we found out that the true value of our Rotary encounter was developing relationships with the members - their delight in walking the talk of Influencing for Good (I LOVE that motto!) and supporting social impact organisations with their abundance of skills.
Through Rotary we gained an Advisory Board Member, Youssef Mourra, we have had Rotarians speak at our Meetups, connect us into other Rotary Clubs, and open opportunities for extending our model into other suburbs. And we would never have got off the ground without the encouragement of the wonderful Bice Awan, a Rotarian and founding member of Sub Urban.
After all this positive stuff, when the the next round of applications came up we thought we’d give it another crack. This time with help from Community Media we produced a much more professional video and won second prize of $3,000.
And we know now that that is just the beginning of the prize. We look forward to creating more great relationships with the Rotary Club of Wellington as we continue on our journey to create suburban- based collaborative workplaces.
Kathleen from Sub Urban