Upper Northern Beaches Rotary's projects aim to helping out local and international causes dear to our hearts.
Explore a few of them here.
We may live in one of the more affluent areas of Australia, but there is no shortage of causes worthy of our support. Here are some of our current and recent local programs:
The big prize in our Community Service Appeal Raffle is a new car! We invite local groups and schools to sell the tickets and we return the proceeds to them in proportion to how much they sell. Find out here how your group can share in the proceeds from this massive fundraiser that brings in more than $100,000 each yeur to benefit our community.
Palliative Care Centre cheque presentation
Our Palliative Care project aims to spread awareness and raise funds for the Northern Beaches Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital. In the past three years we have raised more than $80,000 to help fund the addition to the Centre and to provide much-needed equipment.
Through our Life Education Fund, we enable families who have children with Cerebral Palsy to benefit from the learning programs of the ING Centre for Conductive Education at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
The Northern Beaches Spring Concert, held annually in September, is our premier community and fundraising event, supported by sponsorships and donations from more than 50 local and national organisations.
Serving breakfast on Australia Day
We have been selling Christmas trees in Terrey Hills for over 20 years. Trees are sold from our site near the Terrey Hills Tavern -- over 200 trees on a single day -- with the profits going to local charities. In 2014 we worked with Terrey Hills Scouts and returned 50% of the profit to them.
Every January our club helps to organise the Australia Day Breakfast, a popular Pittwater community event held at Newport Beach.
We manage the Christmas Tree of Joy at Warriewood Square shopping centre. People place Christmas gifts under the tree and we distribute them to local families in need.
Packing Christmas hampers at Blackmores
In December we work with the Rotary Club of Manly to pack Christmas hampers, donated by Blackmore's, for needy Australian families.
We run the popular Christmas Carols in the Park, held each December in Village Park, Mona Vale.(See Coming Events for details of the next one.)
We provide volunteer help for Bowelscan Australia in our community. Bowelscan is a Rotary project that provides a simple at-home test kit to detect early signs of bowel cancer. Kits are sold by local participating pharmacies.
Working with Col Crawford Motors, our club purchases a car as the big prize for our Community Service Appeal raffle. We then invite local organisations and schools to sell the tickets. We customise the ticket books to feature the branding of your group, and we support your group's ticket sales and marketing efforts. After deducting the raffle costs, we return the remaining proceeds proportionately back to the participating groups. This project can earn your local surf club, school P&C or other group many thousands of dollars. Earnings in our 2015 raffle totalled $130,000.
To learn more or to sign up your group, contact Mark at
If you're a teacher or parent, have a look at our Working with Schools brochure for more information about these programs and how they can bring out the best in your students.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a one-week residential training session that is designed to develop the leadership skills of young adults 18 to 27 years of age.
We never forget that we in Australia are part of a global community and we have a duty to help out our fellow humans wherever they live. Some of our international projects are:
A child in Nepal receives a few life-saving
of oral polio vaccine
PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary International’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio from the world. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the effort to rid the world of this crippling disease, delivering oral polio vaccine to more than two billion children. Today, PolioPlus is recognised worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal. The end is in sight, but a strong push is still needed.
Children of Soibada, Cambodia (photo: Lucinda Rose)
We partner with the Pittwater Friends of Soibada to support projects to help the East Timor village of Soibada to achieve a sustainable future.
Digging irrigation channels in Cambodia
We work with the international charity Build Your Future Today (BFT) to help create a sustainable infrastructure and to conduct health & education programs in Cambodian villages. In Chub Smach, we have financed the drilling of seven clean water wells, greatly reducing the level of water-borne disease.
In partnership with the German International School Sydney we run a boot sale twice year. About thirty cars generally turn up to sell their wares, and we provide food stalls as well. The proceeds go to the school's charity project "A Girl and her World”, which funds education for young girls in Fiji. Our most recent sale day included a flea market organised by the parents' committee.
Shelterbox: Help when disaster strikes
We donate to Shelterbox, which supplies temporary shelter and survival equipment for people in areas struck by natural disaster.
We donate to Australian and international disaster relief, through Rotary channels or via Rotary clubs in the affected areas. Bushfire-affected areas of Australia have benefited from this support.