Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)

RAWCS is an Australia wide Rotary based volunteer organisation that assists clubs with the development and management of  international community service projects. Projects to help rebuild in the aftermath of disaster, support and improve education; bring health care and medical aid to those who can least access it.  While the main focus of RAWCS is in the South Pacific and South East Asian countries, RAWCS can also assist with projects further afield. RAWCS projects also supply advice, assistance and training in building construction and commercial operations (eg assistance in obtaining microfinance).  For more information the RAWCS website link is:

District Chair: Peter Malden


The main programs subcommittees under RAWCS are:

Donations in Kind (DIK)
DIK provides a central coordination point for storage, packing and dispatch of goods for local and international efforts, minimising the costs associated with getting goods to where they are needed in the world. There are strict rules, procedures and costs associated with despatch and delivery of all goods to overseas destinations. Any club planning to send goods offshore is strongly advised to consult with the DIK group beforehand.

District 9810 Contact: Des Shiel | Peter Malden | Russell Hayes

DIK Storage Dept: Woolshed 40 (rear), 400 Sommerville Rd, West Footscray

Phone: 0428 550 574 Email:   Website:


Rotarians against Malaria (RAM)

RAM is a programme dedicated to the fight against Malaria, one of the major health threats in the world today.  With more than 500 million infected with the parasite, 2 to 3 million people die of the disease each year, a large majority of them babies and young children.  RAM’s current programs are focused on the Pacific region, particularly the Solomon Islands, Papua-New Guinea and Timor Leste.

Some years ago the World Health Organisation (WHO), through its subsidiary body Roll Back Malaria, determined that 25 April would be World Malaria Day. In Australia, Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), one of the arms of Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS), decided to recognise 30 April as Malaria Awareness Day. To mark World Malaria Day, 30 April 2013, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute held a public lecture and tour with research experts on malaria talking about their latest discoveries.

Further information on progress in the worldwide effort to overcome malaria and the latest medical innovations under trial are contained in the following two documents:

Walter and Eliza Hall report by Professor Ivo Mueller

Malaria reduction due to mosquito nets PNG

RAM Chair: Gloria Hargreaves

Committee:  Jackie Gleeson, Clare Caulfield (Rotaract)

Events: World Malaria Day 30th April


Rotary Project Volunteers:
Promotes awareness of volunteering opportunities for Rotarians and non-Rotarians.

Further information:   Jeff Gouldson


Water & Sanitation (Incorporating Safe Sanitation and Water Saves Lives)

This Committee assists Clubs to identify, develop and participate in sustainable Water, Sanitation, Health and Hygiene projects and programs in developing countries including planning and establishing ongoing maintenance and monitoring procedures to ensure sustainability. On site visits include working with local Host Clubs, NGO’s, Provincial Health Officers and Educational or other Government Officials and Local Communities to establish projects and/or programs which may require implementation over a number of years. Committee members assist Clubs in the selection of appropriate water and sanitation technologies for cultural, climate, geographical and soil conditions. Programs may require the provision of education and training in construction of components and works by local people including establishing local businesses to assist in achieving projected aims and objectives.

Chair: Bill Chapman

Committee: David Alexander, Aidan Wright, Jim Sly