Across our club, we have a range of causes we undertake or support, often with significant hands-on contribution.
Many of these we have been working with for a number of years, we also have new causes which are members bring forwards.
We fundraise in our club to help with some of the below.
All of our causes are broken down into various committees who each are very active in their areas.
Our club is broken down into four areas:
- Youth leadership
- International services
In all our club has around 26 activities that fall into the 4 areas of service.
In our community services we are very active in the services to the homeless and disadvantaged.
Two nights per month we are manning the Vinnies Night patrol food service, and we work with the Early Bird Cafe which provides food for the homeless as well as hosting a Christmas Party at the King George V Centre for the Homeless Street Soccer.
Other areas of activity include drought relief and affected community support activities, support for LGBTI community activities such as the Mardi Gras and Fair Day; promotion of reading through the Sydney Story Factory, and in our local area meeting half of the cost of a new Defibrillator at the Fort Street School and supporting the Fort Street School Citizenship awards. We also marshal City2Surf and the Australia Wheel Day Race.
Among our support programs for the Indigenous community we have an Indigenous Community Development fund which has assisted in funding a long term community development and empowerment project at Baniyala in Arnhem Land, the last phase assisting in the building of four new houses in the community. We assist the Tribal Warrior organisation in Redfern with a number of its activities, we obtained and shipped office, IT and recreational equipment to the Indigenous Learning Centre in Alice Springs and to a new Training Facility being built at Mutitjulu at Uluru.
We have been running a Climate & Peace committee at the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove for several years, working with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, setting an example for the Rotary District. Together with advocacy on climate issues, we have several projects including a Climate & Peace Webinar that we are planning to start in early August 2020. Our aim is to also reduce the Club’s carbon footprint and to install solar panels in remote Fiji schools and to better resource their education resources.
We have a large emphasis on youth leadership programs, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Exchange, National Science Forum and we will be supporting the Stand Tall initiative founded by our own member Nick Farr-Jones and his wife Angela to support Youth at Risk.
We have recently placed surplus IT equipment and furniture to assist in equipping an expanding Stepping Stone House (which was founded by one of our members) and sponsor annually a candidate from Stepping Stone House to have the life changing experience of an extended passage on the Young Endeavour.
In the area of International Service, we are a strong supporter of the Medical Repurposing network founded by our past member Wayne Leatham which has placed surplus medical equipment in communities around the Pacific region and we are the driver of the MRN’s new initiative of placing new and simple Xray facilities in remote locations in PNG to try to mitigate the incidence of TB in the region.
Our new International project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Camberwell (Melb) is the Timor Leste Sanitation project – stage two. Where we are going to build toilets and bathrooms for remote schools with additional support from Ausaid and probably volunteering opportunities next year.
Our other main projects are the Seven Women Nepal project with funding and volunteering aspects and we are a strong supporter of raising money for the eradication of Polio and are committed to an expanded effort in support of the Polio Train Ride fundraisers.
Our Vocational Services efforts include support for the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards as the only club to be a sponsor and the Science and Engineering Challenge.