Humanitarian Programs

Interplast Australia & New Zealand Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) is a small charitable or-

ganisation that was initially started by Rotary District 980 in 1983 in conjunction with the

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Interplast continues to be strongly supported by

Rotarians in clubs and districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists,

nurses and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, to developing nations

across the Asia Pacific region. The teams provide surgical programs for patients, as well as providing training and mentoring programs

for in-country health professionals.

Interplast’s volunteers provide treatment of congenital conditions such as cleft lips and cleft palates, but also of acquired conditions

such as the treatment of severe burns, and the removal of tumours.

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ROMAC provides surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific

region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their

home country.

Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary project that encompasses all the

Districts of Australia and New Zealand. Assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand

surgeons who generously donate their time for the treatment of our patients, this humanitarian

program has provided life-giving surgery to over 500 children from more than 20 developing countries, with urgent medical treatment

that was not available to them in their own country.

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RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd.) is a program of the Rotary Districts of Australia which was formed

to enable Australian Rotarians, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to assist disad-

vantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects.

RAWCS has a financial infrastructure system that facilitates fundraising for projects that deliver humanitarian aid and charitable support in Australia and overseas. Projects include Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF), Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) incorporating Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG), Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF), Donations in Kind (DIK) and Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM). District 9630 RAWCS approved programs include: PolioPlus volunteers Donations in Kind (DIK) Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Ranfurly Library Village Aide Program Green Gecko Shelters – Cambodia Kundiawa General Hospital – PNG ORO Province Disaster Relief PNG and East Timor Projects Nepal and Thailand Projects For more information: Shelterbox Australia is the national affiliate of ShelterBox, a cutting-edge global charity that hand- delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict. Our signature ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities.

ShelterBox is Rotary International’s project partner for disaster relief and works

closely with Rotary clubs around the world to get aid to places where it is most

needed. The partnership enables us to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that together we can support

more communities in desperate need of shelter after disaster.

Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support us in a variety of ways, from raising funds and awareness through individual

and club activities, to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster, enabling us to work more effectively and

reach more communities around the world. 

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ARH (Australian Rotary Health) is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. ARH has a

broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians, with particular em-

phasis on the young. ARH is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is suppor-

ted by Rotary Clubs.

ARH provides funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. ARH also provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding and promotes findings to the community. For more information: DIK (Donations in Kind) is an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) grew out of the compassion and concern of returning overseas volunteers. This repurposing and reuse program, focussing on health & education involves the collection, sorting, packing, dispatch and distribution of donated items to countries in need of these goods. Donations in Kind currently receives hospital and school equipment, books and much more that is being upgraded within our schools and hospitals and then sends them by container to our near neighbours in PNG, the Solomons and other Pacific Islands. For more information: or PP John Paskin (M) 0400 032 131 Email: