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Youth is Rotary's Fifth Avenue of Service

hands2We believe: "It is the responsibility of each Rotarian to prepare the New Generations, Youth – all young people up to the age of 30 – by improving their life skills to ensure a better future. We undertake projects that support the fundamental needs of our youth: health, human development, human values, education and self development."

Examples of our Youth projects (in alphabetical order)...

Awards to Local High Schools

Our club's 'Benefic Award' is an annual award we present to one Year 9 student from Turramurra, Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts and Killara High Schools who displays "a favourable influence" amongst their peers.

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Camp Breakaway

Camp Breakaway on the Central Coast is committed to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and at the same time allowing relief for their families and carers through their respite camps.

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Clarke Road Special School Hornsby

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Our Club has supported Clarke Road School in Hornsby for over 12 years. The school caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 with an intellectual disability.

Making a Difference...

Quoting from a newsletter by the President of the P&C, Kati Herrington:…

“A wonderful part of our school community is the Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai. On Friday, the 17th a team of 9 people came in for the day and worked and worked and worked. There was so much to do yet no task was too menial or dirty for them. At the beginning of the day the school still looked like a building site and the job seemed impossible, by 3pm it looked like a school. The humble generosity of this team, who even brought in frypans and cooked the lunch we were putting on for them and the staff, was impacting. And the team was a lot of fun too. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Ku-ring-gai, we are very grateful for your support, we are fortunate indeed to have you on our side.”clarke rd move

This quote refers to the day before the new school was “open for business” for students. A team of Rotarians and partners worked to help make that possible and ease the load on the staff. We unpacked dozens of boxes, flattened and removed them, removed rubbish, unpacked library books and installed them in the library, helped prepare teaching aids and other useful jobs.

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Prior to the new purpose-built school being built in 2013, we renovated an area on the previous site and constructed a covered paved area with outdoor furniture and a brick gas barbeque. It provided a great area used by staff, students and parents. Happily, the original barbeque has been rebuilt at the new school and is being used again for barbeques.

We also ran the BBQ at the Unofficial Opening Party and served more than 260 sausage sandwiches! Nine Rotaractors also assisted with activities to entertain the children. It was a very successful day and it was great to see the children, parents, carers, staff and neighbours enjoying the new outdoor facilities and having fun together.

We contributed to a new lectern for the new school. It proudly displays the Rotary wheel and our Club name, together with the school crest.

A new senior playground was constructed recently and we donated funds towards the cost of fencing this new area which will help the senior students to better engage during break time.

Over several years we have provided volunteers during Education Week and Book Week, and presented a Role Model Award at the end of the year.

After another day of volunteering, we received an email from Kavi Razzaghi-Pour who was Acting Principal at the time:

“THANK YOU” so much for your hard work yesterday. I really believe in the old adage of “It takes a village to raise a child.” So thank you for being part of our “village” and happily doing all the jobs for the school, students and staff. It is wonderful to have community members such as yourselves who are so willing to give up their time and energy for our students!”

This involvement strengthens the ties between the Community, Rotary and Clarke Road students, staff and families.

Our Club is Making A Difference!



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Life Education

life-education-girafeLife Education is the largest non-government provider of drug and health education to children and young people, and their families and communities Australia-wide. We are pleased to support their great work with donations. More:

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Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

High school students develop an awareness of the United Nations and the countries they represent at this simulated UN Assembly. They address and debate problems and issues of international concern. Clubs sponsor teams from high schools who each represent a UN country.

Letter of appreciation from a student: "MUNA has been a wonderful opportunity for all of us to build..." 

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National Youth Science Forum

We sponsor local Year 11 students to attend this annual forum in Canberra. They learn how to make informed decisions about courses and careers in the sciences and gain a professional skill set to help them realise their potential. More at:

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Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

This award-winning road safety education program for senior high school students, called RYDA, lies at the heart of a suite of programs currently being developed for young people in years 9 to 12 and forms the platform for new road safety education programs for parents and corporate partners. Our members volunteer annually to assist. More:

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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

RYLA is a residential leadership training seminar for 18-26 year olds which is conducted for a week in January each year at Vision Valley, Arcadia.  We sponsor participants with leadership potential, provide transport to and from the venue and are represented at the official dinner. More at:

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Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

RYPEN is for students entering year 10 and is a residential weekend with an intensive program of workshops, team building exercise, problem solving, sports and entertainment activities in an informal atmosphere. Students develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. This year we sponsored two students from one of the main areas affected by the bushfires last year, following an urgent request from the school. More:

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Studio Artes

Studio ARTES is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that offers creative programs with whole of life outcomes for adults with disabilities. This year we made a donation to Studio ARTES to provide support for an adult to attend Studio ARTES one day per week for a year. More:

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Youth Insearch

Youth Insearch is a community organisation that coordinates weekend programs focused on resolving adolescent issues at a peer level for young people aged between 12-17 years. We donate funds to assist young people attend a weekend camp. More:

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