International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.

Current Activity

Given the impact that COVID-19 has had on our current and potential future fundraising activities, the International Committee has necessarily been cautious about the level of commitments we make also recognising that our local community requires significant support.  Nonetheless for the first half of this Rotary year we have been able to allocate $1,500 to the End Polio Now campaign and since we were one of the first Clubs in the District to do so, our payment of A$1,500 attracted matching contributions from District 9810 (USD1,000), RI World Fund (USD500) and the Gates Foundation (USD5,000) so that a total of around $US7,500 (~A$10,710) ended up being contributed.
 
In addition to our commitment towards eliminating Polio, we were also able to provide A$700 towards the Hotels Joining Hands project which aims to relieve suffering in Cambodia due to the loss of tourists to the region due to the coronavirus. Finally, we also allocated A$1,000 to the Tenderfoot School in Nairobi, Kenya to alleviate the impact of COVID-19.
 
Our plan for 2021 is to allocate funds to the following causes subject to funds being available:
 
  • Australian Himalayan Foundation which was a cause close to the heart of the late Alfred (Greg) Gregory, mountaineer and photographer on the 1953 ascent of Mt. Everest and former member of our Club.
  • Provision of a water tank to harvest rainwater and instal four toilets and hand wash facilities at the AI ASA school in the Balibo District of East Timor
  • Sponsorship of two children at the Tenderfoot School.
  • Interplast to assist in providing surgical treatment and medical training for impoverished areas
  • Support for the SkyHydrant project which is a local water purification system
  • Rotarians Against Malaria