Club Projects

D9675 Club Projects

Local -environment
Graffiti removal
A team of members regularly look for graffiti and remove it. Some jobs are done for the local Council. Government grant & Council funds have been received for cost of paint etc. 
Mick Chamberlain
Graffiti Removal Day
An annual event that numerous clubs participate in. Equipment supplied & sites arranged. To be held on 28th March in 2021. Contact Barry Antees for information.  
Numerous clubs
Barry Antees
Mural to beautify &  deter graffiti
Rotarians assisted an artist to paint a mural on a prominent and often graffitied wall. Rotarians’ main tasks were obtaining the necessary permissions and painting the undercoat on the wall.
Mick Chamberlain
Cleaner Beaches & Waterways
Twice a month, members, Rotaractors, & friends meet and spend about an hour removing rubbish, especially plastic, from the beach, nearby creeks and parks, followed by coffee, etc and fellowship.
Rob Edwards
Mt Keira Summit Park Working Bees
Monthly during daylight saving, members assist Wollongong City Council Parks & Gardens staff with various gardening tasks at Mt Keira Summit Park, and afterwards share something to eat.
Julian O’Brien
Tree Planting
Club members together with members of the local community have regularly planted 10,000 trees provided by Parramatta City Council on National Tree Planting Day in July.
Parramatta City
Barry Antees
Local –schools & children
Grandparents’ Day Book Program
The club donates books, which contain a Rotary donation sticker, for Grandparents’ Day at a local Primary school.  Each child chooses a book to keep from the collection. Members attend to assist as needed & encourage reading. The project has increased community awareness of the club &of Rotary.
Cheryl Deguara
Plunkett St PS Support
Small school of approx 70 students, most with disadvantaged backgrounds, is supported in several ways including secondary scholarships for brighter students, sausage sizzles at school events, & donation of Christmas presents (in conjunction with local real estate business) to each student.
Kings Cross
Warwick Nelson
Several primary & high schools have been supported to develop gardens so their students can experience planting, looking after and harvesting the crops – vegetables, herbs and fruits. Individual schools also have a chicken coup, a sensory garden, bee habitats, a fairy garden, or a yarning circle.
Fairy Meadow
West Wollongong
Kerrie Guillaume
Rose Pope
Dream Cricket
Dream Cricket is a tabloid of cricket themed activities for primary school children with a disability. Senior high school students and club members run each activity, and help each child as needed. Equipment and information about the activities is available.
Sue Clark
Literacy project
In conjunction with Imagination Library Illawarra the Club connected with SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families) and identified refugee families who would benefit from the excellent DPIL program. 25 families are now supported. (see District  Projects for DPIL details)
Fairy Meadow
Sharyn Mackenzie  
Peace Poles Centenary Project
The club provided Peace Poles that were placed in both Fairy Meadow Demonstration School and Towradgi Public School. The SRCs chose the languages for the poles. The schools have an annual excursion for their Yr 6 students to Canberra & while there they are to be invited to ring the Peace Bell and have a guided tour of the Rotary peace projects there.    
Fairy Meadow
Kerrie Guillaume
Local - activities
Easter Family Fun Day
Family event organised & held in partnership with Wollongong Botanic Gardens. Entry is free. Kids activities, BBQ and Easter Egg hunts.
Jenny Orr
Various competitions with prizes for dogs. Vet available to give advice. 30 stalls all related to dogs, a BBQ, caricature portraits of owners & dogs, kids’ face-painting.  
Kings Cross
Warwick Nelson
Christmas Carols
Happening for 51 years. Multicultural event, with bands, entertainers & singers leading the singing of carols and Christmas songs. Many food and other stalls, an appearance by Santa, and a huge fireworks finale.
Julie Harris
Car and bike show plus family fun day. Entertainment, food & other stalls, children’s activities. Held in conjunction with NSW Muscle Car Association. In 7 years, Autorama has raised $156,000 for Lifeline & Rotary projects.
(Wollongong South)
Giovanni Zappia
Trivia Night
Annual fun night with rounds of trivia questions, some games, a raffle, silent and speed auctions - lots of prizes and bargains.
Sue Clark
Fun & friendly bike ride event at local velodrome open to all riders. Participants sponsored for ½ hour time slots. Good coffee & food. Proceeds to SYFS programs assisting youth at risk in the Illawarra.
Illawarra Sunrise, Corrimal, West Wollongong
Stephen Knightley
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch
Annual event funded by the club for over 25 years. Seniors from several nursing homes or living locally enjoy Christmas lunch and a much valued social opportunity. Supported by Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, who attends or sends her deputy, and Sydney Council which provides free transport & arranges the venue.
Kings Cross
Warwick Nelson
High Tea
Annual social event used to generate funds to make Days For Girls kits. Entertainment arranged & catered by members. It has raised awareness of the need for the kits and also of Rotary and Corrimal club.
Jean Thompson
Community Garden
Rotarians in partnership with St Vincent de Paul, Aruma, Dapto Anglican Church and Corrective Services NSW have established a community garden which is to be used to grow vegetables & herbs. The aim is to support disadvantaged people to learn how to grow vegetables and use them to cook nutritious meals, while also enjoying a social opportunity and developing their life skills.
Julie Collareda
Community Market
Several clubs organise & manage a community market. They include the clubs listed here.
Gary Ross
Kiama Antiques & Retro Fair
Significant community event & great fundraiser held annually in January for over 25 years. Antique & Retro dealers set up in the Kiama Leisure Centre hall & trade over a weekend. The club books in the stallholders, employs security, and manages the event.
John Worstencroft
MS 24 Hour Mega Swim
The club assists in organising and manning this annual event at Sydney Olympic Park. As well as setting up and helping run the event, the club operates their BBQ providing food on the Saturday afternoon/evening and breakfast on Sunday morning.
Lina Souki-Schmidt
Local- support
Homeless support
The club sponsors the local Night Patrol and members join them weekly providing meals for homeless & disadvantaged people.
Liverpool West
John Pillay
Early Bird Café
Members volunteer 3 days/week at a local church to provide meals for homeless and disadvantaged people. Oz harvest and Food Bank provide most of the food.
Sydney Cove
Marilyn Smith
From Homeless to Work
Funds raised to provide a $4000 scholarship for a woman nominated by the Women & Girls Emergency Centre in Sydney. Successful project that has raised the club’s profile and resonated with members.
Darling Harbour
Rae-Ann Medforth
Aged Care Scholarship Project.
Dapto RC have partnered with Marco Polo Aged Care to provide funding for 2 scholarships for disadvantaged people to study Certificate 111 in Aged Care, with the opportunity of securing employment on completion. Tutorial support & mentoring will be offered by Dapto members and clinical placement provided by Marco Polo.
Eddy Uitterlinden
Sensory Stimulation Kit for people with Dementia
Designed for Italians but could be modified for other nationalities. Aims to stimulate one or all of our 4 senses - sight, hearing, smell and touch.  It contains a book of pictures plus a voice box that explains each page, and also a number of pouches containing familiar objects to touch & feel. Widely distributed to nursing homes in the Illawarra & very well received.
(Wollongong South)
Joe Pellegrino
Mental Health First Aid for Nepali Speaking community in NSW
People of Nepali origin have higher rates if mental illness than their Australians counterparts. Many suicides are attributed to underlying mental illness. They are reluctant to seek medical help due to high stigma & self stigma, and possibly also due to a fear of not being able to obtain permanent residency.
Parramatta City
Barry Antees
The club has been running discos for adults with a disability several times a year for over 10 years. The DJ who works in the disability sector encourages the group to dance & to perform their favourite songs. Many of the participants have been coming since the first night and really look forward to each disco.
Macarthur Sunrise
Di Wilson
Winter Appeal
Conducted in partnership with PCYC South Sydney and Weave Youth & Community Services, members and friends were invited to make a donation towards the bulk purchase of toiletry items for males & females. The items were packed in purchased toiletry bags for distribution. The club was able to fill 250 bags.
Cathy Tait
Annual Christmas Appeal
An ongoing partnership with Coles in Fairy Meadow allows the club to receive donations of non-perishable food items and Christmas presents. In 2020 donations could be left in store or ordered online. The items are given to a local support group (such as women’s refuges) for distribution.
Fairy Meadow
David Guillaume
Local - recognition
Police Officer of the Year
Recognition of NSW police officers. Rotary clubs hold awards for their local Command. The winners are automatically nominees for the State awards. Three finalists in each of the 11 categories are chosen to attend the State awards held in November and where the winner in each category is announced.
Numerous clubs including
Parramatta & Parramatta City
Kings Cross
Mt Druitt
Contact for information & a start-up kit:
John Given (RC of Sydney)
ARH PhD Scholar Night
Conducted for over a decade to highlight to the community the achievements of PhD Scholars who have received scholarships from Australia Rotary Health.
Parramatta City
Keith Henning
NSW & Australian projects
Clubs choose a country town to support, connecting if possible with the local or nearest Rotary club.  They assist by spending money in the town. This could be by donating to a project or by visiting the town. Originally for drought relief but expanded to assist recovery from bushfires, floods or any disasters. Cathy Mason can assist clubs to choose a town and give more information about the opportunities & mutual benefits.
Cathy Mason
A team of members & friends spend about 10 days usually in the Naradhan/Lake Cargelligo area assisting with farm work including fencing, painting, clearing, marking lambs and droving, and also stopping for a cuppa & a chat with farming families.
Dennis Clark
Mother’s Day Pamper Packs
For 6 years the club has been collecting donations of personal cosmetic items and using them to make Pamper Packs – usually about 200! These are taken to Coonamble where they are distributed to drought affected country women by Coonamble RC.
Peter Bach
Indigenous School Support
Funds have been provided for playground equipment for a school & childcare centre in a remote indigenous community in the NT. The project is also providing garden beds that will be used to grow special native plants & also vegetables that will be cooked & eaten.
Usha Garg
End Trachoma 2020 Project
This project has connected the club and the Illawarra Rotaract Club to an ongoing partnership with an Indigenous School 250kms from Alice Springs.
Fairy Meadow
David Guillaume
Overseas projects
Philippines Dental & Medical Mission
Annual combined project with RC of Glenhaven. A team of dentists, medical practitioners’, and assistants assess and treat as many people as they can. Items including computers, medical & first aide equipment, personal care items, sent in advance.
Illawarra Sunrise
John Bilboe
Village Aide
Combined project of RC of Liverpool West & Illawarra Sunrise.  Housing, both building & renovations, medical assistance, feeding programs for day care centres.
Liverpool West &
Illawarra Sunrise
Norm Miller
Days for Girls
These are kits of washable sanitary products for women & girls who don’t have a hygienic alternative.  Members and friends either meet to sew together or sew at home. Patterns available. Sewing & overlocker machines needed.
Macarthur Sunrise
Vera Liondas
Denise Pritchard
Jean Thompson
School support –Northern Uganda
The club provides funds to St Peter’s Junior School in Aywee Village, Gulu for school improvements& amenities such as classrooms, equipment, teacher training, solar power, IT equipment, school supplies and food security projects.
Parramatta City
Keith Henning
Lamb Hospital Project, North West Bangladesh
The club supports the LAMB Hospital project in NW Bangladesh by funding the Children’s Disability Unit which specialises in treating club feet, cleft palate, cerebral palsy & autism, and also provides training for community health workers in isolated villages.
Parramatta City
Phil Brophy
Menstrual Hygiene Management, Nepal
The club provides funds that enable members of the RC of Kathmandu to visit remote, rural villages in Nepal to talk on menstruation and its hygienic management to the girls and women, and give them a Days For Girls kit.Some of the women, especially women with a tailoring business, are taught how to make the kits.
Jean Thompson
Cambodian Education Project
Conducted in association with Operation Cambodia, the club is sponsoring 2 young ladies from extremely poor families living in rural Cambodia. The sponsorship will enable the girls to undertake tertiary education including one year studying English.    
Lina Souki-Schmidt
Emae Island Project
For about 12 years Ingleburn club has helped to transform the buildings at Nofo School on the small island of Emae in Vanuatu. The buildings that were made from rough local timber and thatch, and were not waterproof, are now attractive & very solid cyclone proof concrete buildings.
Bill Salter
Thailand Water  Project – Chiang Mai Province
This is the second water project completed by the Darlings as a result of the club’s long standing association with the Rotary Club of Klongtoey in Bangkok. The water filter provides clean drinking water to some 500 pupils at the Ban Koon Klang school which is located in the Chiang Mai province a few kilometres from Thailand’s highest mountain. The students at the school are mostly hill tribe children.
Sydney Darling Harbour
Michael Mazza
Updated March 2021