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.

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.

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Reeve Rogers has cerebral palsy. There is more story. .

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

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Rotary Against Malaria

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RAWCS Rover is the quarterly magazine of news and events for RAWCS Southern Region.  [PDF will download to computer for viewing ]

Click Rover Dec 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, December 2019

Click Rover July 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, July 2019

Southern Region Meeting schedule

27th October 2019,    16th feb 2020,    17th May 2010,    9th August 2020

OCTOBER quarterly reports.   [PDF will download to computer for viewing ]








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

IP Vice COORDINATOR SR  PP Gary Gunnell  mobile xxx

PROJECTS SUPERVISOR SR  PP Vijay Susarla  0410 619 323

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 mobile xxx

IP WATER AND SANITATION SR   PP Bill Chapman mobile xxx





9780 Noel Howard 0439 311 053  [email protected]

9790 PDG Mani Seneviratne 0409 123 292  [email protected]

9800 PP Vijay Susarla  0410 619 323 [email protected]

9810 Peter Brock  0422 001 021  [email protected]

9820  Harry Zeigler 0419 526 326  [email protected]

9830 Leigh Dyson 0401 007 035  [email protected]


RAWCS Rover is the quarterly magazine of news and events for RAWCS Southern Region.
Click Rover Dec 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, December 2019

Click Rover July 2019 to download RAWCS SR Rover, July 2019

Southern Region Meeting schedule

27th October 2019,    16th feb 2020,    17th May 2010,    9th August 2020

Register a project

Click HERE to register a project

RAWCS projects must be sponsored by an Australian Rotary Club or District and, where possible, endorsed/partnered with a Rotary Club overseas. The exception is RABS projects that are local and are sponsored/administered by the same Rotary Club/District. If your Club is registering an international project and needs help, please contact the Regional Projects Supervisor or your District RAWCS Co-ordinator.

RAWCS Southern Region Projects worldwide


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Donations in Kind

Donations in Kind


Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycler of Medical Equipment and Educational Supplies

School desks in Timor Leste ?

                    Rotary Donations In Kind watch this space . . .

DIK – brief summary

Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycler of Medical Equipment and Educational Supplies

  • We live in a rich country were we can afford to upgrade equipment before it is worn out. This material is used to improve patient care and education worldwide
  • Improving education is one of the most effective ways to provide young people in developing countries with a better chance in life.
  • We gather the usable material that schools no longer require and equip schools in developing countries
  • Could your school help?

Learn more about Donations in Kind

Example Projects from RAWCS Southern Region

Quezon, Chile – Delivery of Hospital Beds

hopsital_beds_for_chileIn the overcrowded Quezon Medical Centre, mothers were delivering babies with their feet hanging off a bed onto a chair.

In Recovery, a mother and new baby often had to share a bed alongside another mother and baby, in a hospital with 250 beds but often in excess of 400 patients!

The Rotary Club of Prahran worked with the team at DIK to source, pack and ship a container load of hospital beds and medical equipment to Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines.

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Lucena Central received the shipment, arranged delivery and handled the unpacking and assembly. This joint effort has significantly improved maternal health and patient care

The donated goods aided in the refurbishment of the Rotary Hall, Quezon Memorial Centre and the Progressive medical mission operated by the Rotarians of Lucena Central.

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.east_timor_classroom

Improving Education in Morobe Province

png_school png_schoolWith assistance from Donations in Kind, local schools and organizations, Rotary Club of Essendon shipped 21,089 books to Morobe Schools in Papua New Guinea.








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.


Registration closes on August 12th

More about the Rotary 6 Avenues of Focus

mother child iconSaving 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.

health iconFighting Disease

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.

literacySupporting Education

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.

water iconWater and Sanitation

peace iconPeace and Conflict Resolution

economic iconEconomic and Community Development