RAWCS - Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd

Vanuatu Cyclone Pam Disaster

RAWCS has setup a disaster fund in to allow individuals and Rotary Clubs to make tax deductible donations to aid recovery efforts in Vanuatu. Rotary Districts around Australia have combined forces to establish and support this project which will aid recovery efforts in Vanuatu.

We will be supporting local people rebuilding their lives and communities.

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Please note that RAWCS DOES NOT charge the 3% service fee on donations toward declared disasters.


Overseas Aid -

Have you goods ( particularly medical or school equipment ) to donate. Our Donations in Kind Program would welcome your donation and make it available to worthy recipents throughout the Pacific area..



Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) assist Rotary Clubs develop and manage National and World community service projects. Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.

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RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund and Rotary Australia Benevolent Society are Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) so are able to offer tax deductible donations from organisations who wish to support our worthy projects within and outside Australia. You can search here our 450 projects, particularly in the Pacific Rim area. Note that the tax deduction is via these funds and is not held in the name of RAWCS.

If you know the number of the project you are interested in, you can donate here, via our secure on-line page.



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News Updates

1 RAWCS Meeting

A Board meeting and information workshop was held on 11-12 April in Melbourne. Amongst matters decided were

  • Minimum age for registered volunteers raised from 13 to 15 years old.
  • The $10 fee for Volunteers and $50 Project registration fee have been removed from 1 July.
  • Discussion about future directions centred on the expertise available to Board members. One particular area being supported is Communications.

2 Cyclone Marcia Relief Appeal

A Rotary Australia Benevolent Society
( RABS) appeal


At its peak, Cyclone Marcia in Queensland during February caused 69,500 premises to lose power, at least 1000 homes suffered structural damage and 385 properties have been deemed uninhabitable. 

The Insurance Council of Australia has received 8950 claims, with the estimated losses now standing at $67 million.  These numbers are confronting, but they are nothing compared to the human suffering the cyclone caused.

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Six areas of focus have been identified by Rotary International. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. RAWCS Projects align with these areas and examples of projects in these areas are available below.

Click on the pictures below to see a list of projects in each of these areas or check here to find projects examples .

Maternal projects

Maternal and Child Health Programs

Bo Childrens Hospital in Sierra Leonne, built by the Rotary Club of Turramurra, is one of many projects through which we provide care, equipment, and training opportunities for health care staff to improve maternal and child health. Maternal and child health support the Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea Renovation & refurbishment of Reproductive Health Clini awareness program for parents. Solomon Islands Kenya . Aspects of birthing and nutrition receive support.

Water and Sanitation

' Care for Africa' in Tanzania, supported by the Rotary Club of South Launceston, provides water wells, a mobile health clinic, health care professionals, scholarships for students, teacher training and education resources. Other projects address contaminated water worldwide, sink bores in Timor Leste, build toilet blocks,in Indonesia, provide water distribution within Philippines and provide sanitary facilities in India.   Browse such projects....

Disease Prevention and Treatment Programs

An upgrade of dental clinics on Cook Islands was facilitated by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West. Other projects support eye hospitals in Nepal, provide mediical scholarships in Timor Leste, fund a 22 bed hospital in Vanuatu, a 500 bed cancer hospital in Bangladesh.and an emergency unit in Sri Lanka. Support is provided for medical missions in Philippines and Solomon Islands and cataract operations in Nepal and remote China. Find out more ....


Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution Programs

antea Beigi from Australia (second on a left) participates in the Peace and Conflict Resolution Workshop: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping during Rotary World Peace Symposium Breakout Session III. Rotary International Convention, 4 May 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.

Basic Education and Literacy Programs

Cambodian children without classrooms are being helped by the Rotary Club of Liverpool West. We are caring for destitute children in Thailand, orphans in Cambodia , building playgrounds in Fiji, providing teacher housing in Tanzania, supporting reading in Thailand- many more, read about them.....


Economic and Community Development Programs

The Rotary Club of Healesville is building goat farm and fresian cow parent stock to change the fortunes of families in Kenya. Other projects offer aid to Phillipines villages to build skills, support local developments in PNG, help re-locate villages in New Guinea, provide infrastructure in Solomons. See more .....



Look for Forms and

Perhaps you need to Register your project or
Sign up as a volunteer or report on your project.
Policy documnts are also available to download from this area.



Australian Humanitarian Programs

Our Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) to assisst Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their projects which provide direct relief to people in need through personal needs or disasters..



Donations in Kind
( DIK )

Donations in Kind (DIK) provides humanitarian aid through the provision of donated goods.. This recycling and reuse program involves the collection and distribution of donated items to countries in need..


Looking for  a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) ?

RAWCS Overseas Aid Fund is a Deductible Gift Recipient so is able to offer tax deductible donations to support organisations with worthy projects outside Australia. Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) can provide a similar service within Australia.

Our Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund ( ABN: 21 388 376 554 ) holds the following registrations which will enable it to accept tax deductible donations and grants from all sources in Australia including business coorporations and not-for-profit organisations.

  • Deductible Gift Recipient
  • Tax Concession Charity
  • Income Tax Exempt Fund

Check our donations page    or    Email our Chairman   for more information.



Make a donation to support the administration of our overseas projects (tax deductible ) DN

Looking to establish a project? Check here for ideas to link with those seeking a sponsor club>