Download the RAWCS Chairman's report for 2012 -2013
Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) assist Rotary Clubs develop and manage National and World community service projects. Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.
RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society are Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) so are able to offer tax deductible donations from organisations who wish to support our worthy projects within and outside Australia. You can search here for over 350 projects, particularly in the Pacfic Rim area. If you know the number of the project you are interested in, you can donate here, in many cases via our secure on-line page.
Six areas of focus have been identified by Rotary International. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. RAWCS Projects align with these areas and examples of projects in these areas are available below.
Discover a project to provide updates to Loisa Hospital on Trobrian Island, Papua New Guinea to "Save the Kula Babies" by improving pre-natalcare for mothers and medical and health aspects of birthing and nutrition
Year 12 students from Western Australia, as an alternative to "Schoolie's week" , help with a Timor Leste village project that provides water wells.
Pantea Beigi from Australia (second on a left) participates in the Peace and Conflict Resolution Workshop: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping during Rotary World Peace Symposium Breakout Session III. Rotary International Convention, 4 May 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.
Orkeeswa Secondary School is located in rural, north western Tanzania, and is part of the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania . The Rotary Club of Geraldton, WA, is raising funds to provide improved facilities at the school, a computer room, science building, a library and a sports pitch.
The project in Fiji aims to alleviate subhuman living conditions for impoverished families. Volunteers working with community residents have built 705 homes in country areas and 111 homes at Koroipita community, Lautoka. Around 3600 people have been housed.
RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their projects which provide direct relief to people in need.
A news story from ABC describes the Rotary Club of Eltham Aquabox mobilisation. in the Phillipines Disaster.
The cyclone season in the Pacific most often sees an event happening over the period Rotary clubs adjourn over December/January, we are asking clubs and the public to support a Disaster Appeal now to enable us to respond immediately rather than have to launch the appeal in the days following. In recent years, not only have we distributed through our Pacific island clubs Emergency Response Kits (KITS), but also food parcels sufficient for a family of four for one week, additional clothing and other essential items including consumables for evacuation and community health centres. Internet banking 03 1702 0192208 02 or PayPal or cheque by post to: RNZWCS Limited Disaster Appeal 2013/2014 PO Box 20309 Christchurch 8543 More details
Insurance policy details for 2013 - 2014 are now available. Volunteers are now issued a card to facilitate claims. The new system is explained in the downloads available here.
More and more Year 12 High School graduates are joining short term Rotary Humanitarian Projects. which will increase their world view of developing countries and the health, education, water or sanitation issues they face due to lack of adequate facilities or funding or other circumstances. Their school communities (which embrace local businesses, neighbours or local citizens, local government councils, past students and parents) are combining to fund these trips as they acknowledge the benefits which are gained by everyone involved:- the volunteers, the often impoverished communities with which they both assist and bond with, and the maturation quickly reached by these experiences. If you know a High School who is looking to follow the ever growing number of examples that our RAWCS projects conduct in developing countries, provide them this story or ask us to locate a Rotary club in your area.
RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund is a Deductible Gift Recipient so is able to offer tax deductible donations tp support organisations with worthy projects outside Australia. Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) can provide a similar service within Australia.
Our Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund ( ABN: 21 388 376 554 ) holds the following registrations which will enable it to accept tax deductible donations and grants from all sources in Australia including business coorporations and not-for-profit organisations.