Key Causes We Support
Drought, Bushfire & Flood Relief
Unfortunately, our Rotary District covers areas that are particularly effected by drought, bushfires and floods. Our club is proud to be able to support our local community through various community appeals but primarily through our two major projects in this area.
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is one of the world’s leading charities and, since it’s founding over 100 years ago, has funded over USD 3 billion in life saving sustainable projects around the world in seven key focus areas of Promoting Peace, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers & Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies, Fighting Disease and Supporting the Environment.
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 $2.5m with around $1m+ having already been raised.
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 SkyHydrants to assist in the provision of sustainable clean drinking water in the aftermath of natural disasters such as in The Philippines and Nepal.
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.
There are hundreds homeless on the Gold Coast each night and our club is proud to support, through funds raised from various events, key organisations that support homelessness amongst local youth and adults.
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.
Community Projects & Programs
Our Club, partnering with our sponsors and the community established an Armistice Memorial at the entrance to Sanctuary Cove to remember those who have lost their lives for our country.
Our club provides support for local youth to attend Rotary endorsed leadership and development programs. Programs are available to support young people aged from 14-29 years of age.
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.