Shelter Boxes are sent to disaster areas around the world wherever they are needed. Each box contains 10 thermal blankets, a rugged 10 person dome tent, tools and other survival equipment.
This provides dry shelter, a warm bed, light and heat, clean water, cooking aids and tools for up to 10 people - all supplied in a box ... a Shelter Box. More than 2,500 Shelter Boxes have been donated by Rotary clubs in Australia at a cost of $1,200 each.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Mid-City is a very proud supporter of this program and has donated 15 Shelter Boxes to areas in need such as Nepal and Pakistan.
Learn more about the ShelterBox program here.
For further information or to make a donation, please contact Mr Andrew Vincent on tel: 0407 527 321 or via email.
In addition to supporting community activities such as Clean Up Australia and The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal through the active involvement of Club members, we also support a range of community organisations financially. Money is raised through Sergeant's fines and fund-raising activities such as a Lottery and Melbourne Cup Trifecta.
Former Club President Dawson Petie is seen here presenting cheques to Mary Martyn for the Royal Childrens' Hospital Foundation and to John Gralton for Reaching Overseas with Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). John is a former member of the Rotary District ROMAC committee.
For more information on these or other community activities or to make a donation, please contact our Service Projects Director, Mr Brett Cribb, on tel: 0447 713 185 or via email.
4MBS silver memories
Following the important research into Aged Care and how the lives of residents and their carers could be improved, 4MBS launched a satellite radio program tuned to the tastes and era of those listeners. The program features songs and artists of the period of the residents youth, playing that which was popular in a by-gone era. Unexpectedly, people with dementia and alzheimers have shown that with a muscial program, the benefits are transformative. Mid-City has partnered with 4MBS for the last few years to fund the purchase and installation of satellites in a number of Aged Care facilities, and last year, in association with Morgans Foundation, we were able to combine our donations to over $20,000. This donation has provided seven new satellites for Aged Care residents who would not have been able to enjoy this service otherwise.
End polio now
In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts and those of partner agencies, governments, volunteers and public donations around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Mid-City is making this vital fund raising programme one of our key activities this year. If you would like to assist by making a donation, please contact our Rotary Foundation Director, Mr Ross Humphries, on tel: 0419 178 825 or via e-mail: email.
Donations in Kind
Working alongside other Rotary Clubs, our Club has been involved in the dispatch of over 500 tonnes of health and educational goods to Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands in the past year.
The variety of goods is extraordinary - from walking frames to hospital beds, books to gardening tools, medicines and even a generator! A total of over 9,000 hours were donated by Rotarians to receive and pack the goods into 48 containers sent from Brisbane.
We will actively support this World Community Service programme again this year. Offers of asistance including enquiries about the donation of goods may be directed to the club through this site.
Rotary International has established Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution through partnership with eight prestigious universities worldwide including the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
A two-year Master’s level degree, the programme aims to equip the next generation of world leaders with skills to mediate disputes and develop policies to prevent future world conflict. This initiative could not be more timely considering the disastrous events of 11 September 2001.
The first class of 70 Rotary World Peace Scholars was announced on 18 April 2002, selected from thousands of applicants worldwide. Nine scholars from countries as diverse as Cambodia, Canada, Sweden and the Philippines commenced their studies at the University of Queensland in early 2003.
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Mid-City has acted as a counsellor for one of the international scholars – a two year commitment to ensure that the scholar fulfils academic goals and enjoys a rich cultural experience in Brisbane and Queensland.