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Who We Support


Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW. Its vision is to provide excellence in palliative care for children with life limiting conditions in a caring supportive environment for them and their families.

They now get some government support but still desperately need additional funds to survive.

Each year we contribute to them for a project of their choosing not covered by other funds.

"Dear Kenneth(Rotary Balgowlah Treasurer), please thank the Rotary Club of Balgowlah for your recent donation of $5000 towards the Bear Cottage art therapy program. Your gift has just made an extraordinary difference to the life of a sick child."

Bowel Scan Kits

       Rotary Balgowlah has supported Bowel Scan since its                          inception in 1982.

Bowelscan is a low cost, easy to use bowel cancer diagnostic test developed by a Rotarian.

Our Club distributes the kits to pharmacies in our area and are now available online.

Helping to End Polio

Rotary is a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, assisting to reduce polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide. Our club is a proud supporter of this initiative. Some members volunteered for the National Polio Immunisation Day in India.

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Support for Arranounbai School

Balgowlah Rotary is thrilled to help support the efforts of Arranounbai School for disabled children at Frenchs Forest for the past few years.

Initially we helped by funding riding lessons, but they were curtailed due to the pandemic.

The last couple of years we have provided a shade cloth cover for the outdoor area and 2 special bikes for the children to ride, which has been a great success, helping with communication interaction and learning.  

Dalwood Spilstead

The service provides multidisciplinary health, education and support services for vulnerable families, who are in stress or experiencing difficulties in the care and parenting of their children in their early years.

We provide continuing support to their “Young and Needy Program” and the Childsplay Project.

"As always we value our ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Balgowlah and we are grateful for all your support"

Kerry Gwynne

School of St Jude at Arusha Tanzania

The School of St Jude was established in 2002 by a Jemma from Armidale to provide free education to students in poverty stricken Tanzania with the help of Australian Rotary Clubs. The school started with 3 students and has now grown to over 1,800 living on campus with students from all over Tanzania.

Rotary Balgowlah provides continuous support to keep their buses running.


Special Fundraiser
It's in the Bag

The members of Rotary Club of Balgowlah in December packed 123 bags of different types, shapes and sizes, with many hundreds of essential bathroom and sanitary items, for women in crisis. We donated them to the "It's In The Bag" drive, run by "Share the Dignity".

Thank you to Sue Terry for organising this worthwhile project and all members who helped make it happen.

Special Event
Australia Day Restaurant Vouchers to First Respondents

The Rotary Club of Balgowlah joined forces with Upper Northern Beaches and Dee Why Warringah Clubs to provide restaurant vouchers to first respondents to the Covid pandemic, bush fires and flood,  We worked with restaurants along the Northern Beaches using a grant from the Australia Day Council to provide the vouchers.

This was a win, win, win project and epitomised the Australia Day Council's motto Reflect, Respect and Celebrate 

Lifeline Northern Beaches

Provides crisis support and suicide prevention services to Australians in need, 24/7.

We support them with projects. The last 2 years we have donated conveyor belts to move around the thousands of books they sell at their Book Fairs.

Arranounbai School

A special school at Frenchs Forest catering for students from     K-12 with physical and medical conditions providing a caring and safe environment for students and staff. Arranounbai aims to provide maximum opportunity for success for students in all area of learning.

We provide support with projects including horse riding for disabled, a shade sail over the playground.

Dalwood Jumble Sales

Our main effort over the years has been to support the Dalwood Jumble Sales by volunteering on the day to marshal patrons, work on stalls and collect the funds from sales on behalf of Dalwood.

The sales are now so successful that they make more than $100,000 each year for Dalwood.

Awards Night.

Balgowlah Rotary recognises excellence in our  community amongst business people, volunteers, apprentices and young people at our annual Awards Night.  

This was a foundation objective of the club.

Red Shield Appeal

We volunteer to collect Funds for the Salvation Army during the Red Shield Appeal.

On request
Community Garden Fundraiser

We volunteer to support local community gardens


Small Business Mentoring.

Most years some members mentor a small business person to help them establish their business. A most successful one has been Talk Shop Speech Pathology where Mimi went from working with government to starting her own business which is now doing well.

Lifeline Surfing Classic

We support Lifeline events like their Surfing Classic

Youth & Vocation

Balgowlah Boys and Mackellar Girls

We give continuous support to two high schools in our area Balgowlah Boys Campus and Mackellar Girls Campus funding students to attend Rotary youth development programs like

Rotary Youth Enrichment Program (RYPEN)

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Rotary Youth Driving Awareness (RYDA)

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

and invite them to come and tell our members of their experience.

The club also offers sponsorship to older youths to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and special programs such as Honeywell Engineering School.

Youth Business Week

An opportunity to mentor year 10 students on how to run a business using a business simulation model. The students from different schools work in team of 10 to run a business, electing members to different roles in the business. They have to manage the business for 8 quarters, prepare budgets, present reports at an AGM and market their products at a stall. The business figures are entered into a simulator which evaluates the decisions the team makes. It is interesting to see how the students confidence builds during the week and hope they can use the tools as a base if they ever start their own business or work to improve an existing one.

Youth Science Challenge

We volunteer at the Challenge helping setup and run the different science challenges that the students are given like building a mini bridge, bionic hand, catapult to name a few. The students work in teams of 3 or 4 at one or 2 of the activities and are given scores for their achievements.

Herdegen Awards

We reward students in years 7 to 11 for community achievement at their School Speech Day through the club’s Herdegen Foundation. We recognise primary and high school students who have been silent achievers in their community at our Service Awards Night.

Disaster Relief


Disaster Relief emergency aid and essentials that people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

"Thank you very much for your generous donation to Shelterbox Australia. We rely totally on donations and we truly value your support. Because of you we are able to provide vital shelter and the essentials to return to normality in the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian crises."

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Drought Appeal

The last few years have been devastating to the people in the bush so we have concentrated our efforts on supporting the community of Condoblin, this year donating food vouchers, visiting to support their Annual Race Meeting plus providing funds for seating around their local park.


The recent bushfires have been a great concern for everyone and we have helped by collecting money for Bushfire relief at various events and combining with Balgowlah RSL to donate funds to support the community at Lake Conjola where over 90% houses were destroyed.

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