Last month, we reported that April was a great time to donate to The Rotary Foundation, and many of your responded!  Members of our District donated almost $AUD 40,000 to the Annual Fund last month.  Currently, members of 63 of our 67 clubs have contributed something to OUR Foundation so far this year, and our per-capita giving has reached the $US 100 mark! Almost all the clubs in our District have set Annual Fund goals for the year, and you have almost reached those goals as well.  As of 30 April, clubs have reached 87% of their goals, so please remember to allocate some of your club’s fundraising proceeds to OUR Foundation in your end-of-year plans.
Disaster Relief Grant Completed for Flood Relief
We received $34,500 from The Rotary Foundation to assist flood relief victims in our District and now have distributed this money using Woolworths and Bunnings Vouchers with the help of Rotarians at Kurrajong/North Richmond, The Hills Kellyville, Windsor, The Ponds, and Kariong Somersby. 
Thanks to everyone involved in reaching out to members of our community in need!
Please include The Rotary Foundation in your giving plans as we end the financial year.
  1. Support the Annual Fund.  Your club and individual contributions to the Annual Fund are used for District and Global Grants, as well as for Trustee programs, such as Peace Scholars.  Our hope is that every club member contributes at least $100 to the Annual Fund to become a Centurion member each year.
  2. Support Polio Plus.  The battle against polio is being won despite the turmoil of the pandemic and war.  Our continuing support is essential, and every dollar donated is matched by two dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  3. Support the Disaster Response Fund.  This fund, created in 2019, provides emergency support to districts around the world when disaster strikes.  Our District has already received three of these grants – for bushfires, the pandemic, and for flood relief. 
  4. Make a Global Grant Directed Gift.  Recently the Australian arm of The Rotary Foundation announced a new program to “Supercharge” your project.  This program encourages companies and individuals (but not Rotary Clubs) to donate $50,000 or more to assist with Global Grant projects here in Australia or overseas.  These donations are fully tax deductible and can be directed to be used by our District in specific areas of interest. 
Please contact me or any member of the District Rotary Foundation Committee for more information on any of our programs.
PP David Dean
District 9685 Rotary Foundation Chair
0412 798 526
PP Haran Ramachandran 
Grants Subcommittee Chair
0419 980 529