All Rotary Clubs aim to provide service to their local community and globally around the world.  There are three key ways we achieve this -
 
  1. Fundraising for local and international charities which in turn provide services where they are needed;
  2. Volunteering time on Boards and organising committees for club or multi-club projects and initiatives; and / or
  3. Direct participation in community projects. 
Listed below you will find a little bit more about the different causes we support.  Many of the causes we support accept direct donations and links are provided below if you wish to do so.  However, if you are unsure and interested in donating to a cause please do not hesitate to contact us and we will ensure that your generosity is directed appropriately.
 
Finally, through many of our fundraising activities we also raise funds to help develop the leadership skills of local youth through our various Youth Programs.
 
Key Causes We Support
 
The Rotary Foundation
 
As of October 2018, our Club has contributed over USD 128,000 to the work of Rotary's own charity, The Rotary Foundation.
 
The Rotary Foundation is one of the world's leading charity and, since it's founding over 100 years ago, has funded over USD 3 billion in life saving sustainable projects around the world in six key focus areas -
 
  1. Promoting Peace
  2. Providing Clean Water
  3. Saving Mothers & Children
  4. Supporting Education
  5. Growing Local Economies
  6. Fighting Disease
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in The Philippines in 1979.
 
 
 
Malaria Vaccine Project
 
A join initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Southport, Broadbeach, Hope Island and Griffith Gold Coast, the project was established to financially support the clinical trials of a malaria vaccine developed by the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
 
The vaccine has recently entered clinical trials and the goal of the project's fundraising is now $1m with around $500,000 having already been raised.
 
A number of our fundraising events, including the Charity Golf Day and Sanctuary Cove Boat Show BBQ have contributed towards our club's donations to this important project.
 
 
 
Human Brain Research Program
 
Our Club's Past President, Sam Doumany is the Patron of the Human Brain Research Program which is a project of the Rotary Clubs of Maclean, Yamba and Iluka Woombah.
 
The Program aims to fund a PHD student at a Queensland University to do research into Parkinson’s Disease and related diseases based on the pioneering work of Professor Peter Silburn in the area of Deep Brain Stimulation.
 
Our club runs a Black Tie Dinner as a major fundraiser to support this program.
 
 
Zephyr Education Inc
 
Zephyr Education Inc (Zephyr) is a group of volunteers who got together in 2013 to help children at domestic violence shelters get on with their education by supplying them with everything they need to start at their new school.
 
In 2017, our club awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to sisters Isabella Bevan and Carmel Martin who are the driving force behind Zephyr for their tremendous work in the community.
 
 
 
Disaster Aid Australia
 
Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) provides an innovative Australian-based humanitarian aid package: one that provides those in need with a new start in family units within their communities.  Its mission is to deliver hope and dignity in the form of high quality shelter and survival tools to victims of disasters worldwide.
 
Our club is proud to be able to regularly donate to the causes supported by DAA including having donated SkyHydrantsTM  to assist in the provision of sustainable clean drinking water in the aftermath of natural disasters such as in The Philippines and Nepal.
 
Rumah Sehat, Bali
 
Rumah Sehat is an small, not-for-profit, charity organisation operating in one of the poorest regions of Karangasam in East Bali, where they run a free clinic providing the local inhabitants with basic healthcare, dental treatment, nutritional education, natal care and access to education for the children.
 
The project was founded by one of our former club members Ray Bishop and his wife Sue and has proudly been supported by our club since it officially started in November 2012.
 
 
 
Other Causes We Support
 
Homelessness
 
There are hundreds homeless on the Gold Coast each night and our club is proud to support, through funds raised from various events, a range of organisations that support homelessness amongst local youth and adults, including -
 
Victims of Domestic Violence
 
Unfortunately there are thousands of cases of domestic violence perpetrated, primarily against women and children, every year across Australia.  On the Gold Coast alone there are over 2,000 breaches of Domestic Violence Orders annually.  Along with our support for the Zephyr Foundation (see above), our club is proud to provide financial support other local organisations that provide support to victims of domestic violence and abuse  -
 
Other
 
Other groups and causes our club is proud to support, or have supported in the past, through one off donations or volunteer time include  -
 
  • Drought Relief
  • Flood Appeals
  • Drug Addiction
  • .. and many more
 
Community Projects
 
Sensory Garden
 
Our club installed a sensory garden at the Woodlands Lodge Aged Care Facility in Arundel which provides residents (including many suffering from dementia) with a stimulating outdoor space.  We have returned in recent times to upgrade and enhance this project and will continue to do so in the coming years.
Armistice Memorial, Sanctuary Cove
 
To recognise the Centenary of the Armistice, our club received a Federal Government grant of $50,000 to establish an Armistice Memorial at the entrance to Sanctuary Cove. 
 
We are currently working with local community and government on achieving this with a targeted completion by April 2019.
Mobility Scooter Project
 
In partnership with the Rotary Club of Broadbeach our club provides liaison services to a number of local recipients of mobility scooters.
 
The objective of the project is to establish a pool of electric scooters to be leased for an annual fee of $1 to eligible disabled people who might otherwise be virtually house bound, to improve the quality of their lives and provide assistance to their families and carers.