Up-date in relation to COVID-19

The purpose of this communication is to advise that Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) remains operational however in accordance with Government directives:

  • All interstate and overseas travel has been ceased until further notice;
  • All face-to-face meetings have been cancelled until further notice;
  • All Donations In Kind operations are suspended and warehouses are closed from COB 28 March 2020 for all deliveries and sorting until further notice. Where there is a request to access donated materials (typically health and medical supplies required by government) these will be dealt with on a case by case basis with each warehouse manager.

The current environment will significantly impact RAWCS projects and the activities of Rotary Clubs for the foreseeable future. RAWCS is reviewing its budget with a view to containing costs to essential expenditure only.

Your communities need Rotary now more than ever so please take this opportunity to consider those in need in your community. RAWCS supports people of action.

Stay safe and do what you can for others.

John McLaren
Chairman, Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited


RAWCS National Treasurer

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2019-20 Bushfires Appeal

We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you. All of those projects can apply for funds from this appeal.

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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 has 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).