To fulfill its international humanitarian obligations, the Club has made donations to a number of organisations that assist those in need outside of Australia.
However, our first major project undertaken during 2016/17 was the AMPAN project. More detail about this significant project can be found here.
Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Rotary was integrally involved in the establishment of Interplast in 1983 with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,
Interplast is supported by Rotarians in clubs and districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Together, ShelterBox and Rotary are providing hope, security and the means to recover after disasters strike.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families.
Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster. The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster.
ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
One of the Foundation's major initiatives is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
GPEI is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in three countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.