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The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation which transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation Grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

The Rotary Foundation promotes peace through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships. Our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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The Science & Engineering Challenge is an outreach program to encourage students in years 9 & 10 to continue study science, engineering, technology and maths subjects through years 11 & 12. Thus, enabling them to undertake later tertiary level courses in science and engineering that leads to an exciting future career. Reporting shows that the program works and interest in STEM subjects has risen. The Rotary Club of Adelaide is a leading partner in operating the Science and Engineering Challenge in South Australia and has done so for many years, managing a committee including our members and representatives of all three SA universities. Our Club has been intimately involved from the beginning and this year the Challenge attracted some 3,000 participants at venues across the state. More information can be found here.

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. NYSF is a 12-day program designed for Year 11 students undertaking Year 12 in the following year. Their programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields. Since 1984, more than 11,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program. 
The program is for students interested in pursuing a career in science, engineering and technology. It is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields. More information can be found here.

RYLA is a life changing experience, it has the capacity to instil, motivate and develop future leaders in one of the most intensive leadership experiences for young people available in South Australia. During an annual 7-day residential program for 18 – 26 year olds, participants get involved in topics such as: leadership and personality styles, working in teams, self-belief, conflict management, goal setting and public speaking. Speakers and program leaders leave awardee participants feeling motivated and inspired. The team leaders also complement the experience, through informal activities (fun) and support. The Rotary Club of Adelaide sponsors attendees to the event and supports some of the activities. A key outcome of RYLA, is that it allows awardees to form networks and friendships amongst a diverse range of like-minded youth, including those from an international background. More information can be found here.

RYPEN is a 3-day residential program for 14 - 17 year olds from diverse backgrounds, empowering them to make positive change in their community and their lives. Conducted annually this program develops and empowers today's youth. It takes the form of a conference with activities and the guest speakers and youth team leaders to inspire participants through topics of self-belief, working in teams, managing conflict, public speaking and goal setting. RYPEN provides a safe, encouraging environment for self-development and increased self-confidence, whilst networking with like-minded peers. The program also Introduces young leaders to Rotary programs and develops awareness of other leadership opportunities within Rotary and the community. Our Club assists with this program and sponsors participants who we identify as young people who could benefit from the activity.  More information can be found here.


YMCA SA Youth Parliament is an apolitical program that empowers young people to be advocates for their community. It’s about personal development, youth leadership and connecting politicians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions. Every year, young leaders come together to learn about public speaking, parliamentary etiquette, bill development and youth advocacy. They share their big ideas, discuss the challenges facing South Australia and create solutions in the form of Youth Bills. They debate the Youth Bills in Parliament House which are then given to our politicians. That's real-world impact. Running for 20 years, so far, more than one thousand Youth Parliamentarians have gone through the program. That's hundreds of young leaders with valuable leadership skills, Parliamentary knowledge and the confidence to share their ideas for a better world. More information can be found here

The Sir Charles Bright Scholarships are awarded to people with a disability, to undertake further education at a university, TAFE or other recognised post - secondary educational institution. In memory of Sir Charles Bright, a former judge of the Supreme Court, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and Chairman of Minda, they were established when Sir Charles died in 1983. Malcolm Penn OAM a blind lawyer, and seen here, thought there should be some form of lasting recognition. Scholarships, each valued at $1500, are presented annually during February/March. Demand for scholarships saw major organisations invited to be involved. For many years now, the Royal society for the Blind, Guide Dogs SA/NT, Paraplegic-quadriplegic association, the Brain Foundation, SCOSA and Multiple Sclerosis Society, together with 5RPH1197AM, have all provided scholarships, designated for particular students. The Sir Charles Bright Scholarship is administered by a Board of Trustees Chaired by our Past President John Seaton. 

Australian Rotary Health Scholarships for Indigenous Health Scholars, is a co-operative program between Australian Rotary Health and the Rotary Club of Adelaide, in association with the SA and Commonwealth Governments. Initially intended to train doctors to work amongst other Indigenous people, the scope of the scheme enlarged to permit the training of nurses and health related professionals. Since its inception this program has spread throughout the Rotary community with scholars being supported in each of the mainland states and in the Northern Territory.  The scholarship can be used to assist Indigenous students with their day-to-day expenses while they undertake a course in a wide range of health-related professions, with a purpose to assist students gain an education which will in turn enable a benefit of other Indigenous people – hopefully, but not necessarily, in some of our remote areas. More information can be found here.

Our Club supports the MOSH organisation which provides advocacy, stigma reduction of suicide, and training in suicide prevention and bereavement services. The MOSH outlets are also op shops which are a non-threatening way for the community and individuals to engage with it. MOSH is entirely self-funded and does not rely on government support and is run by volunteers. Our Club puts on a comedy night at Burnside Town Hall with proceeds to be used to fund the service in regional SA through a mobile MOSH in the form of a travelling caravan. 

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Catherine House provides support services and accommodation for women experiencing homelessness. We help by raising funds and providing volunteers to refurbish and bring the Catherine House residential units to a reasonable standard of comfort, providing new mattresses, bed linen, bookshelves and desks, mirrors, lounge room furniture, dining tables and chairs as required. We work with other inner city Rotary clubs and Rotaractors on this project. 

More information can be found here.

We provide volunteers to provide breakfasts for Hutt Street Centre clients on every 5th Saturday.
There are 4 or 5 of these each year with 8 to 10 volunteers for each breakfast. There is a list of volunteers of around 25 members of our Club and their partners.

In addition, a number of our Club members take part each year in the Walk a Mile fundraise for the homeless.

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We support the work of The Australian Landscape Trust at Calperum Station, a protected reserve of over 2,000 square kilometres in SA. It is part of an area within a larger reserve system known as the Riverland Biosphere Reserve. listed as "critical" for the survival of bird species such as black-eared miner. Our Club has helped by providing funding and volunteers for tree planting, water testing and monitoring activities.
More details can be found here.

Interested Adelaide Rotary Club members have formed the Wirraninthi group which meets in the West Parklands on the 1st Saturday of the month near the West Terrace Catholic Cemetery to help restore the area to its natural state.  

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Working with the Rotary Clubs of Prospect in South Australia, East Davao and Waling Waling Davao, we have undertaken pilot project works in water, health and education, three key areas of Rotary's focus worldwide. A much larger three-year project funded through Rotary’s Global Grant Scheme has now been approved.
Members from the Rotary Clubs of Adelaide and Prospect have travelled to Davao on several occasions to visit project sites, meet local authorities, discuss projects with our fellow Rotarians and even be part of health clinics and picking up a paintbrush to finish an extension to a health centre we helped build! Our next task is the US $100,000 three-year major project with US $15,000 contributions from the clubs and US $85,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation. Our project goals are to;

  • increase access to and improve the quality of health and education/training services for the women and children from 3 disadvantaged communities by supporting basic education and literacy for the children in 3 focus communities
  • support maternal and child health care through assisting the Community Health Centres in the focus communities and assisting the specialist regional paediatric health centres to service these communities.

A key to these projects is the “hands on” elements provided by South Australian and Davao City Rotarians working together to help the disadvantaged communities in the Southern Philippines.

The Rotary Club of Adelaide has established a Sister Club agreement with the Rotary Club of Brindisi Valesio and are now the International partner for a Global Grant project within the city of Brindisi in the Puglia region of Southern Italy. The project combines the efforts of 3 local Rotary Clubs and the city CARITAS Charity Centre in a program which trains/retrains migrants and fragile/disadvantaged local poor in trades such as electricians, tailors, plumbers, carpenters etc. with the final goal of achieving their financial independence and social integration into the community. Many migrants are living in camps in the Puglia region, at the heel of Italy’s boot.

The Puglia Centre, which holds about 1,300 people, is an example of the logistical challenges that Italy — and Europe — face as they manage thousands of immigrants fleeing the unrest in North Africa. So far, most of them have been Tunisians seeking work, but recently boats have arrived from Libya carrying Somalis and Eritreans.

Through our strong relationship with The Rotary club of Shanghai (RCS) over the last two years, we are partners in the Kashin-Beck Disease Fund Gift of Health in Quinghai Province in North Western China. The project goal is to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way for the underprivileged population in Western China by improving nutrition, food habits and primary health care conditions at the village level, with a special focus on children. 

The target peoples are nomads, farmers, semi-nomads and resettled nomads who suffer from basic health and hygiene problems, infectious diseases and malnutrition.

The 4 specific objectives are to:
- assure a more diverse and richer food intake across the year.
- change food habits and prevent chronic malnutrition.
- improve general knowledge on health and hygiene.
- change hygiene habits.

These objectives are being achieved by the KBDF through 
- training on nutrition and food diversification
- health and hygiene promotion
Rotary supervises the project, provides financial assistance, coordination technical advice and internal and regulatory reporting.

The Rotary Club of Adelaide has formed a strong link with the Rotary Club of Kandy and together we have begun a partnership to develop and implement projects of real value to farmers and villagers in rural Sri Lanka who have been affected by decades of civil war. Most immediate is the provision of safe drinking water - cleaned of insecticide and fertilizer chemicals by reverse osmosis to reduce and eliminate the incidence of kidney disease 
Our first RO plant was implemented in June 2018. On going, we are planning for further plants for bigger villages in the selected areas, to be followed up by projects in agriculture, education and health.
The Clubs have started their work, and aim for a long term, sustained relationship for the betterment of the Sri Lankan people.

This humanitarian project provides Life Straws (water filters) to villages along the Middle Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. This, to improve water quality to the communities to help reduce infant mortality as well as other illness. This project is auspiced by the Rotary Club of Adelaide, to directly aid the villagers. The project has provided both Family and Community to help filter 99.9% of all water-borne bacteria from the water that is being drunk by the villagers. These ‘life straws’ last up to three years, during which time the Project Team can address more permanent ways of providing clean water for villages. This is the first part of a series of initiatives to be undertaken, in the years to come, to address issues health, education, cultural development and sustainable income sources. More information can be found here.

Donations In Kind (DIK) is the program Rotarians and Rotary Clubs use to source surplus goods and products that have no further use within Australia are repurposed and find new life with those in countries that have a need and/or used to support Rotary projects in developing countries. The Rotary Club of Adelaide supports Donations in Kind with our members volunteering to help sort stock, load containers and arrange shipments at the DIK Edinburgh Parks facility. We also contribute funds to assist with shipping costs as managed by DIK. We recently used our networks to arrange a shipment of school furniture to Cochin, which arrived in good order and immediately put to use. DIK is a major Rotary project that has a coverage throughout South Australia. Surplus goods are donated to the project by businesses, organisations and individuals. These goods are sorted and distributed to needy communities locally, nationally and internationally. These donations include medical, dental and hospital equipment, computers, books, toys and school furniture.  More information can be found here.

Members of the Rotary Club of Adelaide contribute to the processes involved with the South Pacific Schools Aid project. This project sends dozens of pallets of books and educational equipment to schools throughout the South Pacific and even as far as Nepal! They have even taken computers from IT Share at Stirling; to pack them and send them to Zanzibar Nursing School. Books from St Andrews school and Mitcham Rotary bookshop end up amongst the shipments for Nepal and Fiji, including two pallets of books sent to the Deaconess' college in Suva Fiji. Books come and books go. Other outgoing destinations include Myanmar, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and even Western Samoa. Donations from organisations like West Lakes Shore school, St Augustine’s School, OXFAM, Mundulla Primary School and many other places including Adelaide University. Our volunteers work their magic to send them out; boxed on palettes, wrapped and addressed. (The 'magic' is really intelligent hard work - selecting the right books and maximising the number of books per box by careful packing ). More information can be found here.