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Our community efforts continue to focus on funding and donating grocery items to charitable organisations that provide direct support for those in need. Two projects headline our current endeavours.

Beaumaris Rotary helps fund the meal service provided by Matt’s Place. This is a weekly meal service for those doing it tough, served at St Matthew’s church, in Cheltenham.  This Christmas we will also be funding and helping to pack some 200 Christmas Hampers for their clients. and some much-needed kitchen equipment.

More recently Matt’s Place’s parent organisation Bayside Community Care asked for our help in sourcing non-perishable food items for their food bank.  Club members responded by adding items to their regular shop, so we have been able to make a worthwhile contribution.  We are aiming to help stock their food bank every quarter.

The ongoing need to support families in need means that we will also be providing seasonal food items for Bayside Community Information & Support Service (BayCISS).

Other Projects that have been completed or planned for 2023/24 include:


The Rotary Club of Beaumaris has helped fund programs at Beaumaris Secondary College aiming to support disengaged students in Year 9 and Year 10.  The initiatives have helped them find meaning in their school attendance and a sense of hope for their future.  It has allowed them to have a safe space where they could share their feelings and their stories.  This helps them feel heard and acknowledged.  The effectiveness of the initiatives are currently being evaluated and it is hoped that some may have relevance at other locations.

We are also keen supporters of Team Sports 4 All.  The aim of this charity is relatively simple: no child should miss out on the opportunity to play team sport.  For the boys and girls that TS4A helps, sport can be a ray of hope – a circuit breaker for them and their families.  Kids learn positive social behaviours – teamwork, respect for coaches and officials, self-discipline, and the rewards of hard work.

Indigenous Support

Since 2015 our Club has been a supporter of Australia’s Indigenous people.  We formed an Indigenous Support Committee and recognized that Indigenous support did not fit naturally into Community or Youth.  Our major commitment has been to the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.  In addition to obtaining Rotary District Grants allowing us to extend our support, in 2019/20 we organised a multi club project.  Beaumaris was the lead club and major donor supported by the Rotary Clubs of Felbach ( Austria), Bentleigh Moorabbin Central  and Mordialloc.  In addition, we received grant funding from Rotary District 9810 and Glen Eira Council.  Together we were able to assist MITS to purchase furniture for their new Year 8 Girls dormitory. Over the years we have been able to give MITS nearly $100,000 to help this wonderful school grow and prosper.


International Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of Club activity. Issues such as literacy, hunger, malaria, disease and access to clean water affect us all. Through International Service, Rotarians lead the way in needy communities to find solutions to these global concerns.

For many years the Rotary Club of Beaumaris has supported these areas of international focus with activities on the Indonesian island of Sabu (see Sabu Island Story). This year we will complete furnishing of three student hostels and will fund the replacement of a water tank destroyed in last year’s Cyclone Seroja.

Beaumaris Rotary contributes funds and donates items for new mothers, babies, and toddlers to The Highlands Foundation.  This organisation aims to take simple and practical steps to strengthen the existing healthcare facilities in Papua New Guinea with the aim of decreasing the infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rates.  here are many challenges to obtaining health care in PNG.  The rugged terrain causes difficulty with communication and distribution of medical supplies between villages.  The many rural villages scattered throughout the countryside and a low commitment to healthcare contributes to the high mortality and morbidity rates in PNG, amongst the highest in the world.

The country has an infant mortality rate of 35.9 per 1,000 (Australia 2.8 per 1,000) and a maternal mortality rate of 215 per 100,000 (Australia 5 per 100,000).  The Highlands Foundation is our President’s chosen charity for 2023/2024.

In 2024 we will be looking at ways to support Yimba Uganda.  This organisation is a Uganda based non-government organisation that equips Ugandan youth with sustainable income generating skills through vocational training and education. Yimba Uganda was founded in 2013 by Emmanuel Kusasira Edwin, in partnership with Anne-Marie Reddan.  Yimba Uganda was previously supported by the Rotary Club of Cheltenham which sadly no longer exists, but happily members have joined the Rotary Club of Beaumaris.