Disastrous flooding in North Queensland has left many families and individuals in need of assistance in their recovery. The Rotary Club of Townsville South West (District 9550) established an appeal designed to assist those families and individuals whose needs are not covered by insurance and Government assistance.

This appeal currently has all the funds it needs – thank you donors for your generosity.

After a 7-year drought, it’s very clear that our farmers and their families, the backbone of Australia, are doing it exceptionally tough. The National Farmers’ Federation, Channel 9 and Rotary in Australia established an appeal on 1 August 2018 to work together to raise much needed funds from the very generous Australian public. This appeal closed on 30 September 2018 raising in excess of $10 million, with $8.1 million already being distributed direct to farmers and their families.

Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd [RAWCS] has initiated a new appeal to continue the work of the above appeal. RAWCS has established seven Rotary District drought relief projects in the whole area impacted by this drought, west of the Great Dividing Range, from far North Queensland to Victoria. Some 200+ Rotary clubs and their local members are dealing directly with farming families needing assistance. Our emphasis is addressing the mental health issues caused by the drought, “Wellbeing rather than Welfare”, by direct contact and financial support, and involvement together through a range of community activities of those affected.


Rotary Drought Appeal 42-2018-19
Rotary Drought Relief Distribution Projects: District 9550 Far North Queensland 37-2018-19
District 9570 Northern Queensland 46-2013-14
District 9630 Southern Queensland 59-2013-14
District 9650 Northern NSW 2-2018-19
District 9650 Western NSW 18-2018-19
District 9670 Central NSW 33-2018-19
District 9700/9710 Southern NSW 38-2018-19
District 9800 Victoria 28-2018-19

The Federal Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI)

On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.
Federal Regional Services Minister, Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said a key element of the support was the provision of vouchers to be redeemed at local businesses.
Senator McKenzie said the three charities were chosen because they were already on the ground in drought regions and were best suited to deliver immediate relief, across all eligible Local Government Areas.
The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).

Rotary Australia World Community Service
Phone Contacts are listed below
Website: rawcs.org.au


National Belinda Griffen General Inquiries 02 8833 8317
National Mike Whitehouse General Inquiries 0448 710 882
District 9550 Lee Cox Far North Queensland 0405 172 028
District 9570 Ron Poulsen Northern Queensland 0427 157 499
District 9570 Dave Perkins Northern Queensland 0418 776 799
District 9570 Damien Arthur Western Queensland 0448 180 362
District 9570 Grant Goulivitch Central Queensland 0419 787 326
District 9630 Philip Charles Southern Queensland 0413 026 994
District 9630 Bryan Payne Southern Queensland 0427 379 909
District 9650 Reg Pierce Northern and Western NSW 0417 472 723
District 9670 Graeme Hooper Central NSW 0417 203 603
District 9700/9710 David Post Southern NSW 0408 221 696
District 9700/9710 Chris Finkel Southern NSW 0429 661 358
District 9700/9710 John Mercer Southern NSW 0474 792 217
District 9800 Grant Hocking Victoria 0429 802 722

Drought Assistance help available from Government and other organisations

Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd.(RAWCS) was formed to enable Australian Rotarians, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to assist disadvantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects.

RAWCS is a financial infrastructure system that facilitates fundraising for projects that deliver humanitarian aid and charitable support in Australia and overseas. Projects are registered through Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF), Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) incorporating Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG), Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF), Donations in Kind (DIK) and Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM).

RAWCS could be likened to a trust account, where funds are held and then directed to registered projects. RAWCS assists with project planning and handles regulatory requirements thereby minimising the risks associated with fundraising and the management of funds.

RAWCS has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) registration and has been listed as a Charitable Fund that can accept tax deductible donations from individuals and organisations.

From the 1 July 2018 all donations will be subject to a service charge of 2.75% (2.5% plus GST). This rate compares favourably with the service charges of similar organisations, which are generally between 5% and 10%. This change will ensure RAWCS’ long-term financial sustainability and high standard of project facilitation.

Large corporate donors and philanthropic organisations have previously used RAWCS services to take advantage of our DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status and paid services charges on donations. This allowed services to be provided to Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts at no charge. Recently, however, a number of these organisations have received DGR status from the government. This has resulted in a dramatic drop in this RAWCS income stream.

The delivery of all services has costs associated. For RAWCS to continue its high standard of project service delivery and accountability the Board has resolved to end the exemption previously given to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs. Thank you for your understanding.

RAWCS Annual Report 2018