The Rotary Club of Mordialloc program contains the following projects and activities for 2016-17:
Local community events
- The Gnome and Fairy festival Festival. This event was first held on Australia Day 2013 and is held annually in the February – March period. The Festival is aimed at bringing fun to young families with a whole range of activities focussing particularly on children up to 10 years of age. There are also activities for all ages. The program has been very well received in the community. The Festival also raises awareness of Rotary and assists fundraising for Rotary projects. For further details: click here
- Regular fundraising sausage sizzles at Bunnings Mentone
- Parkdale Railway Station beautification. We continue regular working bees at the Parkdale Station in collaboration with City of Kingston Council
- The Festival of Wheels. A new fun community event , The Festival of Wheels, was first held in November 2016 organised by the Rotary Club of Mordialloc in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Hampton.
- Assistance to people with disabilities through the Salvation Army Kingston Gardens Centre, Dingley Village. This includes running barbecues, provision of transport, conducting art classes and other activities.
- Support services for women and children victims of family violence.
- The Bentmoor Men’s Shed
- A men’s health awareness seminar
Schools and other programs for young people
- Student vocational interviews at Parkdale Secondary College and Moridalloc Secondary College
- Assistance with student reading at local primary schools
- Model United National Assembly for year 11 students.
- National Youth Science Forum. This is a Rotary sponsored and organised program involving a two-week session aimed at high performing students who have completed year 11 and wish to pursue a science based career. During the Forum, students live-in at the University of Canberra where all facilities are provided. The program is packed with interesting things to see, do and learn and provides opportunities for meeting other students from throughout Australia. The program includes half-day visits to science, technology and engineering establishments and the opportunity to interact with some of Australia’s top scientists.
- Rotary Youth Program of Enlightenment (RYPEN) – a leadership and personal development program for year 9 students.
- Camp Awakenings is a two and a half day youth development program for Year 9 students. The Camp is focused on building support networks for the participants through friendship and trust. Through self belief and motivation, the participants develop their own methods to counter the challenges faced by youth.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a challenging program which provides a unique opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills and self confidence under the guidance of business professionals, Rotarians and Rylarians. Rotary is seeking young people between the ages of 18 to 26years who have the talent, energy and motivation to discover their leadership potential to attend this program
- Rotary Four Way Speech Contest. The Four-Way-Test Speech Contest promotes public speaking for young people for Year 10 students. Students can speak on a topic of their own choice that embodies at least of two of the key elements of the Rotary Four-Way-Test that is intended to guide Rotarians in developing high ethical standards.
- International Youth Exchange. The club is sponsoring Ally Steele, a student from Kilbreda College, Mentone, who is currently living in Austria under the Rotary Youth Exchange Program
- Ctiizenship awares at local secondary colleges
Wider community events
- Financial support for Australian Rotary Health, the largest non-Government funding body in Australia that funds medical research projects
- SIDS Walk. Support the annual Southern Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Walk for Remembrance around Albert Park Lake by supplying food and manning the BBQ. All funds raised are donated to the SIDS Foundation.
- Interplast Golf Day. This event is held annually on a Friday generally in April at Woodlands Golf Club.
- Wheel Chairs for Kids. This organisation is based in Western Australia and produces sturdy and low cost wheelchairs for use by disabled children in Third World Countries. The club has supported this project financially through weekly donations by members. Local schools are also encouraged to develop fundraising projects to assist this cause. Several local primary and secondary schools have conducted a “Wheelathon”, assisted by our club to raise funds for the manufacture of the chairs
- Rotarians against Malaria
- Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
- Contributions to several water, sanitation and education programs in Indonesia and Timor Leste
- Other projects are under consideration