Who we support

Upper Northern Beaches Rotary's aim is to help out worthy Australian and international causes.

Here are some of the local and overseas organisations we support through our donations and activities.

Our neighbours in the Northern Beaches

Our focus: Mental Health

More people visit their doctors for help dealing with mental and emotional issues than for any other single cause. Depression and anxiety are all too common problems, particularly among at-risk groups such as young people and military veterans. The rising suicide rate within these groups is a grim indicator that action is desparately needed.

For this reason, the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is focussing our local community support on organisations dedicated to alleviating this terrible burden.

Here are some of the worthy groups that we support. And we urge you to pitch in and support them, too.

Be Centre

Based in Warriewood, Be Centre is a unique registered children’s charity devoted to providing one-on-one Play Therapy to children.

Employing some of Australia's most experienced Play Therapists, the Centre offers programs which can help children who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or psychological difficulties and those impacted by bullying, divorce, transitions, accidents, domestic violence, assault, grief and loss.

Be Centre is a safe space where children are supported to make sense of situations and events; explore and express their feelings; restore trust and build self confidence so childhood issues do not become problems in adult life.

They also offer programs to support parents and carers with training and workshop programs for professionals.

Be Centre website >

Lifeline Northern Beaches

The Lifeline network leads the way in providing crisis support and suicide prevention services to Australians in need, 24/7.

The organisation is unique in having a national reach but a local approach. Lifeline Northern Beaches is one of 40 centres around the country delivering services to their immediate areas.

Lifeline Northern Beaches was established almost 50 years ago to serve the area stretching from Kirribilli to Palm Beach. It's an independent organisation with a local board, a small number of salaried staff, and over 600 volunteers.

The organisation's primary purpose is to provide quality telephone and in-person support to relieve the distress caused by crisis situations. They're here to support people going through a wide range of difficulties, from anger, anxiety and depression, to family, relationship and financial problems. Their aim is to connect these at-risk people (and their families) with the right resources to help them through.

Vision: An Australia free of suicide.

Mission: To deliver the best possible level of community crisis support services.

Lifeline’s Crisis Support Service - 13 11 14

Lifeline Northern Beaches website >

Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches

Located at Dee Why RSL Club in the heart of the Northern Beaches and accessible to all Veterans in the region, the Centre brings a holistic approach to care and assistance for anyone with military connections: veterans, their spouses, family, relatives and friends.

The centre is a non-aligned, independent service designed to provide meaningful assistance and positive outcomes for the veteran community.

Veterans Centre website >

One Eighty Avalon

"Basically, we're a bunch of twenty-somethings looking out for our mates on the beaches. Our initiative was born from a frustration at the lacking visibility and accessibility of mental health care in our area. And from the anger at losing too many friends to mental illness. One Eighty is youth mental health care and awareness done differently."

One Eighty is a registered Australian suicide prevention charity. In particular, they use early intervention to promote the prevention of youth suicide. The organisation’s primary activity is to fund, develop and implement local projects that equip young adults with skills in mental health care. These projects engage through educational programs, mentoring support, referral services and life-skills training. One Eighty is primarily led by a team of dedicated and passionate young adults, ensuring the charity’s vision and actions remain evidence based, outcome specific, relevant and accessible to local young people.

One Eighty also works to support youth culture, to celebrate creativity and differences, and to encourage community participation on the Northern Beaches.

One Eighty website >

Northern Beaches Palliative Care Services

The Northern Beaches Palliative Care Centre at Mona Vale Hospital works to improve the quality of life of patients in the Northern Beaches with life-limiting illnesses and to support their families. The service provides medical, practical, psychological and spiritual help for patients and their carers. Our work over the past ten years has helped to fund extensions and upgrades to the Centre's facilities and provide much-needed equipment.

International causes

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 drops
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.