Kardinia Rotary has had a successful 2021/2 Rotary Year of Fun, Fellowship, Fundraising and most importantly Philanthropy. Although the first part of the Rotary Year was again impacted by COVID restrictions, meaning meetings on Zoom and very limited Community activity, the latter part of the year was highly productive for our club.
We managed to raise $57,000 through our Dinner Auction, our Geelong Gourmet Goodies Christmas Hampers (supporting a range of local businesses), Event Marshalling (particularly the Surf Coast Trek and Rapid Ascent events), BBQ’s and a range of other smaller activities.
This enabled us to distribute those funds to a range of local community organisations, projects throughout Australia, a number of international projects and a range of Rotary programs. We were also able, to a limited extent, to support our local community, most significantly the Northern Bay College Early Learning Centre, through hands on support. We were also able to support the publishing of the Bushfire art book in aid of the Mallacoota arts community.  For a full list of supported organisations see below.
Even with the COVID disruptions of the last 2 years we have managed to maintain a diverse membership in excess of 45 and in June this year celebrated 30 years of active Community Service.
2021/2 Partners
Local Community
            Bethany Community Support
            Christ Church Geelong
            Geelong Cancerians
            Geelong Mums
            Hope Bereavement
            Koala Clancy Foundation
            Mallacoota Arts Community
            Northern Bay College
            Peace of Mind Foundation
            Samaritan House
            Story Dogs
            Volunteer of the Year Awards
Rotary Programs
            Australian Rotary Health – Indigenous Scholarships (Nikeri / Deakin University)
            Australian Rotary Health – Mental Health Research
            Defying the Drift
Donations in Kind
            Operation Cleft
            Rotary Against Malaria
            Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Lismore Flood Relief
            Rotary Foundation – Polio Plus
            Shelterbox, including the Ukraine appeal.
Other International Projects
            Bushikori Christian Centre – Uganda
            Eshowe Rotary Zulufadder Trust - Gratton School
            Nursing Scholarships – Mvumi Tanzania