One of the avenues of service for all Rotary Clubs, including ours, is service to the local community.  We achieve this through direct participation in community projects and via fundraising for local charities which in turn provide services to community in which we live.  Listed below you will find a little bit more about these projects and charities whose focus is primarily on two of the biggest challenges facing our local community - homelessness, youth services and aged care.  Many of the charities we support accept direct donations but if you are interested in donating to a cause please do not hesitate to contact us and we will ensure that your generosity is directed appropriately.
 
Community Based Projects
 
Over the years our club has undertaken many community projects.  A recent project include the installation of a sensory garden at an aged care facility which provided residents (including many suffering from dementia) with a stimulating outdoor space.
 
Gold Coast Suns Horizons Program
 
The Gold Coast Suns, an Australian Rules Football team that competes in the national Australian Football league (AFL) competition, worked closely with Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Government as part of its bid process in securing an AFL license to identify local social responsibility challenges from within the Gold Coast Community.  The recommendation to the Suns suggested three areas on the Gold Coast it could make a difference through raising awareness, activity and fundraising -
  1. Youth Homelessness
  2. Domestic Violence (Respect and Responsibility)
  3. North Gold Coast region
The Suns have been publicly committed to these 3 areas of social responsibility since it's inception to assist in hopefully making a difference both now, and well into the future.  The work done in these three areas is collectively known as the Gold Coast Suns Horizons program.  Our Rotary District (9640) is a sponsor and partner in the delivery of this program.
 
Our club has a proud involvement in establishing this project at a District level through the hard work of a number of our members.  On an ongoing basis we continue to support it and the charities it represents through our continued donations and assistance at events.  It is particularly relevant to note that the North Gold Coast region (in which our club is located) is a key focus area ensuring outcomes are delivered in the surrounding community.
 
Paradise Kids
 
Paradise Kids is a Gold Coast Children’s Charity founded in 1996 to help children learn life-skills to deal with grief through death, loss or illness. Whether the loss is the death or approaching death of a parent, grandparent or sibling, grief through the stress of separation or divorce, or the child’s own chronic life-limiting illness, Paradise Kids provides programs to ‘help heal the heartache.’
 
Our club is proud to have supported Paradise Kid's with a number of significant donations over the years.
 
Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre
 
Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Centre (SPACC) offers various services, to the local community including -
  • Welfare Centre - Providing emergency relief, mainly food vouchers (emergency only) Bus Tickets (Cheques only) made out to Companies. 
     
  • St John's Drop in Centre - for homeless people they offer Shower and Laundry facilities, Material assistance: Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, washing powder, Clothes, shoes, blankets, linen, cooking wares.
     
  • Ken Hancock Home and Annexe - provides medium to longer term, partially supported accommodation for up to 8 single homeless men The homes are situated at Arundel and have as their primary objectives the provision of a safe secure environment, with an opportunity for personal growth, and the development of living skills which will enable residents to move on to stable independent living arrangements of their own choice.
Our club is proud to have supported SPACC with a number of significant donations over the years.
 
Rosies
 
Rosies provides unconditional acceptance and friendship to people who are marginalised within our community – especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or simply lonely.

Rosies is a volunteer-based not for profit organisation that commenced in Queensland in 1987 as a youth mission. Today, they have grown to reach out to all of our friends on the street, in the courts, detention centres, prisons, and drop-in centres. They continue to engage youth, and the community, through education, awareness, and volunteer programs, which play a vital role in prevention and support.  Rosies is non-preaching and non-discriminatory.
 
Our club most recently supported Rosies through the purchase of 20 blankets designed to work with 'Backpack Beds' from a group called 'Swags for Homeless'.  The unique, globally awarded, Backpack Bed are an emergency crisis solution designed to keep the homeless warm, dry and alive whilst awaiting shelter.