The Mini Farms Project (2018-2019)
This year our Club is focusing its efforts around the theme of environmental sustainability. We are proudly supporting The Mini Farms Project whose mission is to “convert under-utilised spaces into urban farms to feed those in need” (http://www.mfp.org.au/). Our members have transformed the Camp Hill and other garden sites by volunteering to plant seedlings, harvest vegetables, configure irrigation systems and other jobs. In 2018 we donated $500 to the Mini Farms project and are planning to hold a major fundraising event in early 2019.
PAST Local Community Service Projects
Open Doors Youth Services (2017-2018)
We organised a ‘Rainbow Games’ night to raise funds for Open Door Youth Services, Open Doors Youth Service Inc who offer support and counselling to youth aged 12-18 and their families who are part of the LGTBI+ community (https://www.opendoors.net.au/ ). Held at the Brunswick Hotel in New Farm, teams competed against each other by playing a mixture of traditional board games such as Taboo, Pictionary and Charades, with a slight twist. The Club donated $2000 to Open Doors at our 2018 Changeover event.
Relay for Life (2017-2018)
We entered a team into the Relay for Life 2017 event, a walkathon to raise funds for the Cancer Council of Australia’s research, advocacy, and support services (https://www.cancer.org.au/). Our team of walkers, dressed to the theme of “Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?”, kept moving in relay around the walking track for the duration of the event and participated in activities such as the Survivors and Carers Candlelight ceremony and Zumba. Our Club donated $1015 to the Cancer Council.
Streetlevel is a safe place for youth to go and feel safe. Volunteers provide support, conversation and encouragement to troubled youth looking to change their life positively. Our Rotaract club supported this cause by volunteering at the kitchen on an ongoing basis (https://salvos.org.au/brisbanestreetlevel/).
The Salvation Army - Brisbane Streetlevel Mission (2015-2017)
We supported Mu'ooz Restaurant, which apart from being a delicious place to eat in West End, is a not-for-profit project, employing and training African refugee women (https://www.muooz.com.au/).
Mu'ooz Restaurant - West End (2015-2016)
PAST International Service Projects
We supported the Rotaract Club of Vijana Poa in Tanzania by providing $600 in sponsorship for youth to participate in an entrepreneurial skills training program and enrich their employment prospects.
Rotaract Club of Vijana Poa –Tanzania Project (2017-2018)
Days for Girls is an organization that empowers women and girls in developing countries through providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. Our Club supported Days for Girls by fundraising through bake sales and Bunnings barbecues, sewing bags for the hygiene kits, and purchasing soaps, face washers, and underwear.
Days for Girls Sanitary Kits (2016-2017)
‘Bringing in the Light’ Fundraiser Documentary Screening for Nepal (2016-2017)
The Club held a special screening of the ‘Bringing in the Light’ Documentary at St James College to raise funds for the women’s empowerment organisation Seven Women in Nepal (www.sevenwomen.org). Seven Women is a not-for-profit fair trade handicraft organisation who provide employment, literacy tuition, and support services for disabled and marginalised women in Nepal. Our event featured a guest speaker presentation by Dr Deborah Setterlund OAM and an information stall by the Nepal Australia Friendship Association. The Club raised $320 for Seven Women.
Taveuni is an island of Fiji and home to 9000 people. We committed to increasing the number of books available in the schools on Taveuni. The club organized a Lovo - a traditional Fijian dinner where food is cooked in the earth, to raise funds for the project. We donated around 3000 books to the Somosomo District School, which were shipped to Fiji with the help of the Rotary Club of Boronia.