RAWCS Southern Region
RAWCS Southern Region links Rotary Districts 9780, 9790, 9800, 9810, 9820 and 9830 spanning across the states of Victoria, Tasmania and Mt Gambier region South Australia.
COVID-19 Update –
Covid notice March has been rescinded as of 5 June 2020
Advice has been received from the RAWCS Executive that the directive issued by RAWCS Executive in April 2020 relating to COVID19 Fund Raising Projects has now been rescinded. All applications relating to assisting in COVID19 pandemic fund raising projects can now be accepted and approved as within the normal approval process. The RAWCS website homepage will be updated.
Merv Williams [email protected] National Manager Projects & Volunteers
RAWCS Rover is the quarterly magazine of news and events for RAWCS Southern Region. [PDF will download to computer for viewing ]
Click Rover June 2020 to download RAWCS SR Rover, June 2020
Click Rover Dec 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, December 2019
Click Rover July 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, July 2019
3 short videos
The three short videos (3-4 mins), are available for viewing via a cloud link or for downloading. The files are approx. 20 Mb.
RAWCS introduction : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1prWWnnistvBm8crRPKbVAZoN-kzid7nC/view?usp=drivesdk
RAM introduction. https://rawcs.org.au/rotarians-against-malaria-2/ If you go to the RAM website you may view via Utube or download the 45Mb file.
Southern Region Meeting schedule
27th October 2019, 16th Feb 2020, 17th May 2010, 9th August 2020
17 May 2020 quarterly reports.
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Rotary District Governors 2019-20
DG 9780 Rosanne Kava 0427 509 349 [email protected]
DG 9790 Brian Peters 0407 528 118 [email protected]
DG 9800 Grant Hocking 0429 802 722 [email protected]
DG 9810 Shia Smart 0429 039 369 [email protected]
DG 9820 Adrian Froggatt 0400 074 342 [email protected]
DG 9830 Michael Cooke 0418 122 814 [email protected]
RAWCS SR Co-ordinators/Supervisors
COORDINATOR SR PDG Ken Moore 0418 144 034
Vice COORDINATOR SR PDG Mani Seneviratne 0409 123 292
SECRETARY SR PP Virginia Turner 0414 245 815
TREASURER SR PP Damian Harman 0412 945 878
SR COMMITTEE PP Gary Gunnell 0448 405 709
VOLUNTEERS SUPERVISOR SR PP Brad Quilliam 0488 998 338
Deputy VOLUNTEERS SUPERVISOR SR PP David Ronksley 0414 572 744
ROTARIANS AGAINST MALARIA SR PP Gloria Hargreaves 0419 140 090
WATER AND SANITATION SR PP Ruth Carlos Martinez 0448 366 292 past Water & Sanitation SR PP Bill Chapman 0410 583 532
REGIONAL COMMUNICATION SUPERVISOR SR PP Ian Esmore 0427 481 077
DISTRICT RAWCS CHAIRS
9780 Noel Howard 0439 311 053 [email protected]
9790 PDG Mani Seneviratne 0409 123 292 [email protected]
9810 Tony Stokes 0419 577 886 [email protected]
9820 Harry Zeigler 0419 526 326 [email protected]
9830 Leigh Dyson 0401 007 035 [email protected]
RAWCS & RNZCWS -zone 8
RAWCS and RNZWCS have established a working group which meets regularly to further develop a cooperative approach to supporting Rotary humanitarian projects in the Zone 8 region. The organisations are committed to working collaboratively, sharing information and expertise to further the object of Rotary.
Procedures have been established to register projects for each World Community Service in the jurisdiction of the other agency to enable tax deductable donations to be received and applied. RNZWCS established an appeal project in New Zealand to fund Bushfire recovery in Australia and RAWCS has registered the Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) project to support disaster victims in the Pacific through RNZWCS. Donations can be received by both agencies to support ERKs distribution to Cyclone Harold damaged areas.
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Rotary Against Malaria
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Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycler of Medical Equipment and Educational Supplies
You can be a partner in a great project by sponsoring items. Helping to fund a container is one of the easiest and most cost-effective International Projects for your Rotary club. You may choose to support the Total Shipment or the National Referral Hospital, the Dental Clinic or Wheelchairs for Kids or a specific item.
RACG Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants. Pip and Dick SMITH donate again.
The news is another donation has been put forward and grant opportunity rounds are on the horizon.
Two and a half years ago, Dick and Pip Smith donated $1million to the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) and this funded a new approach for Rotary Clubs across Australia to become more involved in assisting those in their local communities who were doing it tough through no fault of their own.
The assistance was in the form of grants and Clubs needed to, as a minimum, match the amount of each grant. So Dick and Pip’s $1million dollars were more than doubled in delivering help.
104 projects were approved with grants of up to $15,000 coming from this fund.
The type of support given has been varied such as specialised transport for the disabled, travel and accommodation expenses for families. Cases whereby loved ones (generally young children) may receive treatment, however living expenses for families who have a breadwinner injured and unable to work may have ongoing treatments not covered by the National Health Scheme. Specialised facilities that allow severely disabled people to get outdoors and mix socially were some of the avenues supported.
One special rotary project worked with the Variety Club and Diabetes Australia to provide disadvantaged children with Insulin Pumps and other projects worked with the Farming Community to provide Drought Relief support.
Some of these projects have since developed into ongoing programs, but it was thanks to the initial grants that they got off the ground. The number of people benefiting from our Compassionate Grants is in the hundreds but when we consider those who gain help by knowing that someone else cares is probably in the thousands.
Thank you Pip and Dick
[Link opens new tab and Downloads PDF] RACG Rogers Family Support
Example Projects from RAWCS Southern Region
Construction and Installation – Baguia Sub-district, Timor Leste
32 Water Tanks and 4 Toilet buildings & WASH Training
2017 – 2020 Global Grant Number: GG 1868328 RAWCS registration: 54-2017-2018
Final report conclusion
The need for clean water and sanitation in this mountainous area of Timor Leste is very great and it is with pride and pleasure that we advise of the completion of this programme and the full expenditure of its AUD $139,150 Budget, which comprised donations of totalling $72,000 from the six Rotary Clubs in this Consortium, a 9800 District Grant of $10,000 a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation of $48,681, donations through RAWCS of $2,733 and personal donations of $5,736 from private individuals.
Four (4) Team Visits were made to the region by Rotarians and other volunteers during the course of the project and copies of their four (4) individual reports are enclosed at the end of this Final Report.
It is very pleasing to note that construction of the last 3 Toilet Buildings was carried out completely by locals, using materials and local skilled/semi-skilled labour paid for by the Consortium. This work involved digging stone and concrete lined effluent Pits, laying concrete Toilet floors with inset squat toilets and building concrete block walls and Colorbond roofs.
The Water Tanks were installed on stone and concrete tank stands and fed with clean water from either nearby springs or from gutter and downpipe systems installed on nearby school roofs with the majority of this work at the end of the project being carried out entirely by locals.
“WASH” Training was originally provided by the Dili based Timor Foundation but they were not able to provide on-site training in the more remote hill villages and this work ended up being provided by a local doctor from the Baguia community Health Centre which worked well.
Vijay Susarla Project Manger E: [email protected]
Computer Training Centre in Timor Leste
The Gateway Rotaract Club equipped a Computer Training Centre for the people of Balibar, Timor Leste
Donations in Kind, were able to supply the educational equipment that Teachers and Students need.
Improving Education in Morobe Province
Southern Region AGM & Information day.
The AGM and the quarterly meeting for the Rotary year 2019-20 incorporating all Victorian and Tasmanian Rotary Districts will be held at Ciloms Airport Lodge, 398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine, Vic 3043.
All Rotarians are invited to attend this significant occasion, which will be of particular interest to Club Presidents, together with District and Club International and RAWCS Chairs, as the program will provide interesting and important information for sourcing, planning, and financing an International project
WHEN: 9.30pm – 3.30pm 9th August, 2020
WHERE: Ciloms Airport Lodge, 398 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine, Vic 3043.
TIME: 9.00 for 9.30 am
RAM Annual Conference 2019
NOTE: Pre-Conference Workshops – two information workshops on the Sat. morning (24th Aug)
Speaker topics include:- global malaria statistics; malaria in pregnancy and the malaria vaccine PlasProtecT® research. Find out about civil societies’ roles in malaria elimination. Learn about the malaria elimination needs and achievements in our partner countries: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor Leste and West Timor.
As well as hearing invited speakers on the Sunday morning, the Conference Program will include RAM’s General Meeting which will give you an opportunity to contribute to RAM’s annual plan for minimising the impact of malaria in our neighbouring countries. This Meeting also includes orientation for new Regional Coordinators and District Chairs.
Online registration. A more detailed flyer includes registration fees, accommodation details and the Conference Program is now open on the RAM website.
More about the Rotary 6 Avenues of Focus
Saving Mothers and Children
7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children.
More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. We educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases.
Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.