Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
What We Do:
- DCR members are active in a range of Rotary programs including travel to Kenya on RAWCS projects, travel to India on End Polio projects, travel to Laos on the Helping Hands project.
- Our members have undertaken a range of Rotary self development programs and have funded community events for suicide intervention, youth development and environmental walking tracks.
- Annually the club donates over $25,000 to the Discovery Coast Community and Rotary International
Our Fundraising Projects:
- Discovery Coast Rotary Markets
- Discovery Coast Melbourne Cup
- Discovery Coast Biggest Morning Tea
- Discovery Coast Fish Racing
- Gladstone strongly participates in RYPEN, RYLA, YEP.
- Our other main event is Ladies Long Table Event held in early September and raising around the $6000.00 mark. Last years funds going to Gladstone Women’s Health and Safe Haven (for Wombats).
- Our main fund raising event is the Swap Meet which is held in August each year raising around the $20,000 mark. Most funds going back into the Gladstone community.
This year we have received a Rotary Grant $2000 this is going towards a BBQ area at Edenvale Nursing Home in Gladstone to give visitors and residents a larger outside area to sit.
Charter Date: 18 May 1993
PO Box 1906 Gladstone Q 4680
Wednesday: 12.00 for 12.15pm Queens Hotel
What Do We Do
- Provide support to many local charities and service projects including SES, Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary, School Chaplaincy, Roseberry House, PCYC, and many more.
- Support Rotary local and international service projects
- Sponsor the education of 2 children from the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home
- Active member in the Days for Girls charity
- Support Mount Larcom State School Interact Club and the Clinton State Primary School Rotakids
How we Raise Funds
- Monthly Charity Markets at Kmart
- Motor Traders Golf Day annual event
- Musica event showcasing artists, culture, song, and language
- Sausage sizzles
- Harbour Festival Easter Parade
- Money Spinner
Bikes to Wheelchairs Project
Building on the good work done by the Rotary Club of Surfers Sunrise, we are building basic robust wheelchairs, some parts of which are sourced from discarded bikes. Surfers Sunrise have refined a design and construction model to efficiently make these wheel-chairs.
They have manufactured over 8000 wheelchairs during the last 20 years, and have delivered them to 31 countries where they have provided basic mobility for people with a range of disabilities. There is an ongoing need for more of these wheel-chairs.
Gladstone Sunrise are doing the same work locally, and have adopted a similar model to that used by Surfers Sunrise with involvement from other community groups and business’. We are also supported by other Rotary Clubs in our district
Our first priority was to secure an ongoing source of bikes. We are pleased to be able to report that the Gladstone Regional Council has agreed to collect all bikes that were previously dumped and now supply to us for this project.
We have had the use of a donated workshop for 18 months until end of year 2017 but have been fortunate to secure the use of another premises from the start of 2018. We have recently moved into the former Reef City Ford building, but this is also a short to medium term arrangement. A long term solution to this is critical to the project going forward.
Value of a wheelchair
Simple wheelchairs like this will completely change the life of a disabled person and also their family, as it allows both the disabled person and their carer to be more independent and productive. Basic wheelchairs like this can be produced for about $100.00.
Cost to make
It is a sobering to think that the life of a whole family can be drastically changed for ever by the gift of a $100.00 wheelchair.
It is also important to understand that all donated money goes directly to building wheelchairs, with 0% going to admin or labour.
All Rotarians and Friends of Rotary are unpaid volunteers.
Surfers Sunrise have developed long standing relationships with several other Community groups. These people add value to the package when the wheelchair is shipped. Each wheelchair is delivered with at least a basic paint job but some have been customised with other personalised artwork.
In Gladstone in addition to the assistance that have had from community minded individuals, and other Rotary Clubs, we have formed a good relationship with
Toolooa State High,
Gladstone State High, and
Arts students and other school groups have added colour and appeal to many of the wheel-chairs by giving them individual painted designs. Each school has indicated the wish for an ongoing relationship with the project.