About Clare McCall
Clare McCall joined her club, Rotary Westhaven District 9910 in January 2016 because she wanted to work with like-minded people and help make a difference both on a local and global level. Clare is on the Board of her club, is the speaker coordinator and also organises the monthly Club Bulletin.
In 2018 Clare was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow recognition award to acknowledge the contribution she has made to projects in Nepal after founding ‘Himalayan Leaky Foundation’ charity to help ‘transform lives through kindness’. Clare is the driving force behind the ‘Thamdanad Integrated Water Supply & Sanitation Project’ working with Rotary Westhaven and the Rotary Club of Kavre-Banepa to achieve their objectives. The aim of this project is ‘water supply facilities’ and other ‘health and income’ generating activities for the communities within villages that were heavily damaged during a major earthquake in 2015. Clare says the best thing about being a part of Rotary is the amazing people she has met and being involved in the Global Grant Nepal Project.
Clare is CFO/Director of a medium-sized plumbing company that was started by her late father John, in 1978. When Clare joined the family business 14 years ago there were 10 staff and it has now grown to over 30 staff with a strong focus on commercial construction.
Clare is also Co-founder of ‘Himalayan Leaky Foundation’ started in memory of her dad. Clare’s long-term partner Bino, a talented artist who has worked with Sir Peter Jackson, is also involved in HLF, visiting Nepal each year with Clare to build relationships and work on projects to help the under privileged. Clare has been working with her Nepali colleagues since the 2015 earthquake, providing emergency support immediately after the quake and then ongoing support. This included building 25 basic houses in a village of over 60 people. In 2016 Clare worked on a project with Rotary Westhaven to insulate these houses.
Clare’s passion lies in supporting and empowering women within the Nepal patriarchal society and HLF has been running successful adult literacy classes since 2016. This gives women the ability to read and write the basics, therefore giving them skills to find work and enabling them to support their families - often single-handedly. The classes also give women an opportunity to share their lives with each other, building a network of on-going support.
At home Clare and Bino own four very spoilt cats and although Clare has no children herself, she is Kuia to 11 mokopuna ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old. Clare enjoys travelling, hiking (especially the Himalayan Mountains), good movies and great wine. She is also presently studying Te Reo to share Bino’s rich culture. Clare is also a long-time fan of American rapper and song writer Eminem and has seen him in concert 4 times.