What We Do

Upper Northern Beaches Rotary's projects aim to helping out local and international causes dear to our hearts.

Explore a few of them below. Or check out a quick video summary of our projects here »

Community Appeal Car Raffle

We invite local groups to participate in our annual Community Service Appeal Car Raffle. Selling tickets is a great way for your group to raise money.

This year's prize, drawn on Wednesday 10th April, 2019, was a $21,000 2018 Kia Picanto S, loaded with features.The photo shows Rotarian Mark Lawrie, car raffle organiser, holding the winning ticket. He's joined by our club President Simon Masman (L) and David Scotter, Principal of Wheeler Heights Public School where the winning ticket was sold.

The official raffle result is published on rotarycarraffle.org.

Our 2019-20 raffle will kick off in October this year, and we'd love your group to participate. We provide the overall insurance cover and statutory requirements and we print the ticket books branded to suit your group. Plus we support your ticket sales and marketing. All you need to do is sell the tickets. After deducting the raffle costs, we return the profits proportionately back to your group. Over the past 20 years our Community Service raffle has brought in more than $2million, the bulk of which was distributed to the participating community groups, including schools, sports clubs, Rural Fire Service brigades, and other Rotary clubs.

We are most grateful to Col Crawford Kia for supporting our Community Service Appeal 2019.

To learn more or to sign up your group, contact Mark at

Christmas Carols in the Park

In December each year for as long as anyone can remember we've presented Christmas carols in Mona Vale Village Park. It's a chance to bring along your whole family and a picnic for an evening of traditional yuletide songs. We've got food stalls, glow-sticks and free lollies for the kids. And we showcase some of the finest local singers and musicians, in partnership with Pittwater Uniting Church.

And the big guy in the red suit is guaranteed to make an appearance!

Charity Golf Day

Golfer or not, our annual golf day is a chance to support your local Rotary club and take a few swings at a little white ball on one of our beautiful Northern Beaches courses. Lunch is included. Proceeds go to our projects.

Don't miss it!

Australia Day Breakfast at the Beach

Every January our club helps to organise the Australia Day Breakfast, a popular Pittwater community event held at Newport Beach.

We serve hundreds of bacon, egg, sausage sandwiches to the hungry locals who come down to Bert Payne Park to share a bit of Aussie spirit.


Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run and Festival

The iconic Pub2Pub from Dee Why to Newport Beach is a fun way to raise much needed funds for worthy local charities on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Organised by the Rotary Club of Brookvale, over the past 26 years the event has raised over $3.5 million dollars for wonderful organisations including Life Education Australia, Northern Beaches Interchange (NBI), Surf Life Saving Northern Beaches, Without A Ribbon, Bear Cottage, Cerebral Palsey Alliance and Sunnyfield.

The event has three course options, catering for everyone from serious runners to families – 13km from Dee Why Beach to Newport Beach; 6km from Warriewood to Newport Beach; and 3km from Mona Vale to Newport Beach. (Our club manages the 6km starting point.)

This is undoubtedly Sydney’s most scenic fun run, taking in many of the spectacularly beautiful Northern Beaches. A huge Family Festival is held at the Newport Beach finish line with live music, a licensed bar area, international food options and plenty of fun rides and games for the kids. (https://pub2pub.com.au/)

Youth Projects: Working with Schools

Each year we support local students to attend a number of Australian Rotary youth life-skills projects, including:

  • Rotary Youth Program of Encrichment (RYPEN)
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC)
  • ConocoPhillips Science Experience
  • National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS)
  • Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering (CASE)

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.

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Download Calendar of upcoming programs (PDF) »

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.

Download RYLA brochure »

And there's more!

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:

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.

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, including our "tree partners", Terrey Hills Scouts.

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.

Christmas hampers

In December we work with the Rotary Club of Manly to pack Christmas hampers, donated by Blackmore's, for needy Australian families.

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.