Amazing Program

Kurt Fearnley (AO)

Kurt Fearnley (AO)

Officer of the Order of Australia, Paralympic gold medalist

Kurt is one of Australia’s most successful and respected athletes and advocates. His achievements as a Paralympic athlete, service to people with disability, and fundraising efforts when it comes to Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations earned him an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018.

In the same year he was named as NSW Australian of the Year and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University.

Ian Riseley

Ian Riseley

Past Rotary International President

In 2017-2018, lan Riseley was the President of Rotary International. This was the fifth time in 112 years of existence that the Rotary International had an Australian President.

lan Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1978, lan Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous Rl and Foundation committees.

lan and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.

Mark Balla

Mark Balla

(aka The Toilet Warrior)

Mark is the President of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central in District 9810 in Australia and Vice Chair of the WASH Rotary Action Group (formerly known as WASRAG). 

He was introduced to Rotary around seven years ago by a business colleague in Nasik, India. He joined his club around four months later in March 2014 bringing a small but significant project with him. Mark will tell us about this project and others that have developed since. 

In the five and a half years since joining Rotary, Mark has attended and spoken at Rotary International Conventions in Brazil, South Korea, Canada and Germany. He has also presented at 10 Rotary District Conferences in Australia, the USA and India. 

 During his presentation, Mark will introduce us to the work that drew him to Rotary. He would like us to know that his club has many other wonderful projects including Operation Cleft – a project which provides surgery to children born in Bangladesh with cleft lips and cleft palates. In the 14 years since Operation Cleft was founded, more than 14,000 children have received surgical intervention thanks to Mark’s club.