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Covid Response & Rotary

As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:

  1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic, and we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals, including our members.
  2. Misinformation hinders the fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
  3. Rotary is engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Through joint efforts with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance we are leveraging our frontline experience with polio to facilitate vaccine delivery.
  4. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. We encourage clubs to offer recognition and encouragement to these heroes.
  5. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 prevention and vaccination efforts.
  6. As one of the greatest advances of modern medicine, vaccines are safe, effective and save millions of lives each year. They have eliminated or controlled numerous diseases such as polio, smallpox, measles, and Ebola, and now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccination.
  7. The eradication of polio remains the goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can continue to apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to COVID-19 response efforts.

We Need Your Help

Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) is seeking the assistance from District 9510 members to distribute Government funded $500 debit cards to families that have been financially impacted by drought. This includes those currently in drought as well as those recovering from the intense drought of the past few years.
Rotary’s role is to
  • Assist with the promotion of and delivery of the community outreach events through community wellbeing activities and BBQ catering.
  • Distribute $500 debit cards at these events to eligible farming households that are experiencing financial hardship due to drought as direct support and to improve levels of economic activity in regions as these cards are spent in local communities and businesses. The Debit cards were also envisaged as an added incentive for families to attend the outreach events and thus become fully appraised of the Government and non-Government support available to them.
On behalf of Rotary, RAWCS has entered a partnership with the Commonwealth Government to assist in delivery of the Drought Community Outreach Program (DCOP), an initiative of National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA).
For participating Rotary Clubs this represents a fully funded Community Service Project opportunity and to date 60 Rotary Clubs have been engaged across the nation.
In recognition of the delays and disruption to the national outreach event itinerary, caused by Covid, the Government contract currently permits Rotary to distribute 5,600 of the available 12,000 debit cards outside of the outreach events by direct contact with eligible recipients. Currently 2,000 debit cards remain available to distribute this way in drought affected areas where no outreach events have been held or have been planned.
If you as a Club or individual know of families impacted by the drought, or would like to know more, please contact our Rotary District coordinator PDG Bob Cooper.
Contact Bob via email at or phone 0418 802 986
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