Club projects

Woden Rotary supports a number of projects with money and direct involvement by members and friends

Annual Charity Virtual Race Night

It's a fun night of punting with free fun money, prizes, silent auctions, and fashions on the field competitions.
We run it each year, usually in February.
All proceeds go to charity.

Five peaks Challenge bike ride

We conduct this annual bike ride in and around Canberra overing participants the choice to ride the lock peaks in a supported envitonment.
It's normally in April each year.

Kintore dialysis treatment and prevention construction project

Our Club provided a dialysis health facility in Kintore (500 km west of Alice Springs) for the aboriginal Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation Inc (WDNWPT).

We converted a derelict pre-existing building (the Blue House) to include a dialysis unit (provision for four dialysis machines) and medical store rooms, an education area, bedrooms, kitchens, laundry, offices and outside shade areas and gardens. We provided labour (in the form of work parties) and materials.

The dialysis and education centre has been in use, servicing the community, since November 2010 and our Club has a continuing minor involvement.

Indigenous health scholorship support

Woden Rotary supports indigenous students studying to become doctors, nurses, and other health related professions through the Indigenous Health Scholarship Program managed by Australian Rotary Health. Contact Woden Rotary if interested.

Exchange students support (outgoing and incoming)

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship is an initiative of the Woden Rotary Club and Canberra Rotary Club, and is supported by the Parliamentary Education Office. Year 11 students from all parts of Australia come to Canberra. The program provides them with an increased awareness of their responsibilities as citizens, the values and privileges of being an Australian, and the roles of the Australian Parliament and of Canberra as the National Capital.

St Vincent de Paul Society ACT children’s Christmas party

Our Club assists Vinnies with the organisation and running of their Christmas party for those in need in the Canberra region.

Vinnies is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to serve the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society. It aspires to be recognised as a caring charity offering ‘a hand up’ to people in need by respecting their dignity, sharing their hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

Canberra College student prizes

Our Club gives two prizes to final year students at Canberra College:

  • Arthur Holder award $300
  • Stewert Garnsey award $300

Vanuatu school facilities construction

Our Club is supporting the Interact Club of Telopea Park School to raise $80 000 to build a greatly needed, hall, kitchen and library for the Port Resolution Central School on the Island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Improved education in this remote community as it will undoubtedly provide opportunities for many generations to come. A Canberra based architect drew up the plans and the Vanuatu Education Department has given written approval.

This project is an official Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Project and Rotary District 9650 will project manage the construction of the new education building.

Port Resolution and Telopea Park schools are working together to raise the required funds for the project scheduled to begin in May and be finished Sept 2012,

Encouraging organ donation

We raise money to support the projects by:

Parking management and operaton for:

  • Thoroughbred Park (Canberra horse racing)
  • EPIC events (i.e., Exhibition Park in Canberra) such as Home & Leisure Show & Wiggles Concert
  • Other evnts on request – contact us

Rotary Wishing Well – in the Canberra Hospital main entrance foyer

Last updated JW 27 February 2018

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Young people support

The Club in active in assisting young people to participate in Rotary's new generation's programs and activities - this page lists the programs and activities with links to detailed information

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Canberra College awards

Woden Rotary presents the Robert Harvie Memorial Bursary to a deserving Melba High School student who could make good use of the money when continuing their education at Canberra College and two annual awards to year 12 Canberra College students: the Stuart Garnsey Award (for exceptional for service to the College community and academic achievement beyond expectations) and the Arthur Holder Award (for demonstrated personal development during time at the College and making a major contribution to College life in the areas of citizenship, leadership and sporting achievement). The College teaching staff selects the awardees who each receive $300 (for the purchase of books) and a certificate.

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Melrose High School bursary

A bursary from Woden Rotary to a deserving student from Melrose High School who is going to continue their education at Canberra College for use on out-of-pocket college expenses while a student at Canberra College (over one or two years).

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Supporting Sailability ACT

Woden Rotary purchased a new Hansa 303 Wide sailing boat named 'George' for Sailability ACT in February 2017. Since then Sailability ACT has amalgamated with Canberra Yacht Club. Woden Rotary continues to provide for the maintenance and upkeep of 'George'.

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Vocational service awards

Club members recognises people working in the local community whom they consider are giving particularly excellent service or enthusiasm through their vocation with Vocational Service Awards. The Club has an annual special 'George Paulus Vocational Service Award' for someone who has giving particularly excellent service or enthusiasm through their vocation. That award is in remembrance of the late George Paulus, the founding president of the Club in 1969, who placed great importance on the responsible pursuit of one’s vocation in service to the community.

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Community service awards

The Club members present the Bruce Drake Community Service Award to people whom they consider have rendered high standards of service to the community. This award is in remembrance of Bruce Drake, Foundation Member and Past President of the Club, whose consideration and courtesy towards others and involvement in community affairs set an outstanding example of service to us all.

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End Polio Now

Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating polio that infects and paralyses children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families. Our Club contributes to the eradication of polio – we need a final strong push to remove it out completely.

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ShelterBox is a Rotary project that provides emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment together with comfort and dignity to people affected by natural and other disasters. Rotary dispatches ShelterBoxes rapidly to areas of need. All ShelterBox equipment is new and selected for durability, practicality and suitability for its need and is contained in a tough, lightweight and waterproof box. Woden Rotary supports ShelterBox with donations and fund raising.

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International activities