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

Due to the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary Car Raffle. In these unprecedented times it was not appropriate to conduct ticket sales and incur significant expenses. Our Rotary club will absorb all the costs incurred in printing the raffle tickets.

For ticket buyers:

You are entitled to be reimbursed for the cost of the tickets you purchased. The organisations that have sold tickets are endeavouring to contact all their buyers to arrange reimbursement.

If you have purchased a ticket, please feel free to contact your selling organisation, quoting the individual ticket numbers you have purchased.

For participating organisations:

The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches will return to you the value of any of your ticket sales that have been banked into our account. To assist us in this process, we need you to confirm the amounts and corresponding dates banked. You will need to return any unsold tickets to us as we are legally bound to account for all tickets. You must also contact all ticket purchasers (details will be on the stubs you have retained) and offer to reimburse the purchasers the full cost of each ticket. Schools might be able to contact some of the purchasers through school newsletters sent home to parents with their children.

Ticket purchasers may choose to donate the money from these ticket sales to you for the project you were raising money for. Please keep a record of how much was reimbursed to purchasers and how much was donated to you. You may choose to reimburse part of the total donated back to our Rotary club to help minimise our losses in setting up and subsequently cancelling the raffle. However, there is no obligation for you to return any of the donated money to us.

If you have any questions, please contact the member of the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches who arranged your participation in this raffle. We apologise for any inconvenience that this cancellation causes you.

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 in partnership with Pittwater Uniting Church. It's been a chance to bring along your whole family and a picnic for an evening of traditional yuletide songs. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we've decided to cancel our Carols in the Park for 2020.

There are other options for you to get into the holiday spirit this year and, of course, we plan to be back for 2021. Details »

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.

Regrettably, we decided to cancel our 2020 golf day.

The Big Dig Treasure Hunt

Our pirate-themed treasure hunt is held on the Northern Beaches annually. A family fun event where kids and others get to dig for treasure on the beach, as well as enjoying craft stalls, a jumping castle, BBQ and pirate-themed activities.

Great prizes are won including Best Dressed Pirate and many more. All proceeds going to our Rotary-designated charities."

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.

Beach2Beach Charity Fun Run and Festival

The iconic Beach2Beach (formerly called 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 27 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://beach2beach.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 Enrichment (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.

Download Working with Schools (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.

This event is canceled for January 2021.

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.

For more information about these programs and how you can help, contact us.

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