Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)


RAWCS is a Multi-District project of Rotary in Australia which can assist and support Rotary Clubs and Districts in their endeavours in International Service.

The purpose of District 9800 RAWCS Committee is to encourage district clubs to develop and implement International Service Projects and to provide advice and support as requested and required. General and detailed advice on project identification, design, planning and implementation is available. Assistance with fundraising, tax deductibility and introductions to 9800 Clubs interested in developing shared projects is provided. Assistance and advice to volunteers interested in working on projects abroad is given.

In addition to the five major ongoing programs areas just outlined, District 9800 currently has more than 60 RAWCS-registered club projects, a full list of which can be obtained from the National RAWCS website.

Contact: PDG Jim Studebaker (North Balwyn)

The operations of the RAWCS Committee include the following:

Project and Volunteer Support

International Service projects require a wide range of knowledge and resources and advice is available on matters such as project identification, planning, development and implementation. Assistance is also available to enable project and volunteer registration with RAWCS National to receive significant benefits.

Contact: Virginia Turner (Brighton North), Vijay Susarla (Chadstone/East Malvern)

Mothers and Babies Support

Supporting the Alola Foundation in its efforts to meet maternal needs in Timor Leste by the provision of maternity packs and the establishment and support of village business enterprises such as soap making, paper making and weaving is the object of this project.

Contact: Jill Forsyth (Kew)

Rebuilding Samoa

This project seeks to assist the people of Samoa to rebuild their possessions and their lives after the devastating impacts of the 2009 Tsunami.

Contact: Garry Gunnell (Bendigo)

Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)

was established in 2003 and has helped eradicate malaria from large parts of the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and other Asia Pacific areas. Clubs can help by funding nets for communities.

RAM is dedicated to the fight against malaria, one of the major health threats in the world today.

Contact: Bill Oakley (North Balwyn)

Safe Water & Sanitation Saves Lives (SWSSL)

Water is life and this program provides communities with safe and reliable water for drinking and other purposes.

Contact: Peter McGrath (Footscray), Ruth Carlos-Martinez (Brighton Beach)

Water & Sanitation

Provision of safe and reliable water utilising technology including sand bio-filters and renewable energy in the Philippines is the object of this project.

Contact: Ruth Carlos-Martinez (Melbourne)

Donations In Kind (DIK)

Goods and products that are of no further use in Australia can be valuable in developing countries. DIK provides the means by which they can be collected, stored and delivered to where they are needed. An annual open day will be held. In 2018 it will be held on Saturday 24th February.

Contact: Bob Glindemann (Melbourne), Email:

Click here for the Donations In Kind website.

Rotary Australia Benevolent Society

Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) has also recently been introduced to help stressed Australians in need of compassionate assistance, often because of disasters and accidents, through collecting tax deductible donations.

How Can RAWCS Help Clubs?

RAWCS can provide front end advice on projects, including needs assessment and cross-­‐cultural strategies.  We can also put you in touch with clubs that may have set up projects in your intended country/area of activity for advice.

We can help link you with clubs for on-the-ground cooperation and to avoid duplication, overlap and wastage.  We will help obtain tax deductibility for eligible projects and provide free travel insurance for teams travelling overseas.

Importantly, we can help you ensure sustainability of the benefits and impact of your projects.

Learn More

To learn more about how you can apply for RAWCS Registration for your projects and contact details. Please visit the National RAWCS website.

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