Peace Building Group

 

The Rotary Club of Sydney Peace Building Group is composed of a group of Rotarians committed to promoting peace. Our vision is a peaceful world, where peace is maintained at a local community, regional, national and international levels. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution includes a wide range of issues from a micro-level of street violence, domestic violence and cyber bullying through to issues of a macro-level such as armed conflict between nations, ethnic groups and war.  One of the aims of the committee is to engage newer, younger members and those with backgrounds from troubled countries. The members of the group are keen to involve other interested Sydney based Rotarians and community members. Chris McDiven AM is the Chair of the group.
 

Vocational Service Activities

 

  • Vocational Service Award – Presented for outstanding application and excellence within the candidate's vocation in the context of Rotary's 'service above self' value and the wider community benefit, professional or otherwise.
  • Police Officer of the Year Award – City Central Local Area Command with Rotary select and present the award annually to an officer in the LAC, who then goes up as an entrant for State Award, one month later
  • Ethics Hypothetical – a challenging, entertaining lunch time debate with audience participation designed to tease out and demonstrate ethical issues.
  • Australian Scholarships Foundation – Rotary assists ASF in the award management of fully funded scholarships provided to develop the skill set of persons working in the 'not for profit' sector.
  • Vocational Evenings – Presentations at a city location on topics of interest e.g. Real Estate – Buying off the plan, followed by drinks & networking.

 

Community Service Activities

 

  • Community Service Award – An annual award made to an outstanding community service volunteer who has performed meritorious, dedicated and inspirational community service.
  • MS Mega-Swim – Rotary assists the MS Society in annually raising 6 figure sums through the management and support of corporate sponsored teams in a 24 hour
  • Swim held at the Aquatic Centre late in June.
  • Australian Citizenship Ceremony – Each year S & A members arrange for a small group of applicants to become Australian Citizens at a regular Club meeting.
  • Soukup Scholarships – an ongoing series of small scholarships awarded to those in need, particularly from rural and regional areas, who are involved in post-secondary education - up to $50,000 pa in sum total.
  • ANZAC Day BBQ – A fund raiser and brand builder, held on the Hyde Park boundary with Bathurst Street for marchers, service providers and spectators

 

Youth Committee Activities

 

  • MUNA  (Model United Nations Assembly) is an annual project of the District whereby clubs sponsor a team of Year 11 debating students to attend a model assembly. Each team is given a country to represent and a number of resolutions to debate on behalf of their allocated country. Winners are invited to a national assembly in Canberra. Topics invariably include world peace, the environment, social justice and human rights.
  • RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) is an annual project of the District whereby each club sponsors young people between the ages of 14 and 16 years who have shown qualities of decency, courage, sincerity and application in everyday life which deserve further development.
  • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a week-long residential personal development program for young people aged 18 to 26 years which focuses on leadership and community. It is an annual District event which gives young people the chance to come together in a supportive environment to gain a better understanding of their own strengths as well as the unique qualities and abilities of others.
  • NYSF (National Youth Science Forum) is a 12-day residential program for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about science, technology and mathematics. The program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields.
  • Rotaract – The Rotary Club of Sydney sponsors three clubs: Sydney City, UTS and USyd and enjoys and maintains close relations with all three.
  • PCYC Woolloomooloo – Originally sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sydney in 1937, it was the beginning of the national movement of PCYC clubs. The rotary Club of Sydney maintains close relations with PCYC Woolloomooloo.

 

International Service Committee Projects

 

  • Vision Beyond Aus (VBA) provides free eye surgery the world’s most disadvantaged people. More information here.
  • Opportunity Cambodia provides education and training for Cambodia's poorest and most vulnerable children and young people so they become healthy, self-empowered and self-sustaining members of their society.  More information here.
  • The Adrian Golding Gift of Life program in cooperation with Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, bringing young people from Pacific Island countries to Australia for life-saving operations, financed from the Club’s benevolent fund.
  • Fundu Isin-Di’ak Timor-Leste or East Timor Health Project (Fundu Isin-Di'ak, which means "Fund for Good Health" in Tetun).   This Rotary Club of Sydney initiative, led by Past President James Allen, was established as a Fund of the Sydney Medical School Foundation at the University of Sydney in 2011. The Fund’s mission is to improve the health of the people of Timor-Leste through the education and training of Timorese health professionals; to assist the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosae.  It aims to eradicate two nasty parasitic diseases caused by lymphatic filariasis and intestinal worms affecting the population of Timor-Leste. A five-year program of annual mass dosing with two anti-parasitic drugs can eliminate both diseases from the country. 
  • The Manjeri School Project is a youth run international development organisation that seeks to empower rural Ugandan communities through education and sustainable development practices. The team has developed a 300 student primary school in the Buikwe district of Uganda. It  provides access to high quality education to some of the poorest children in the area with 20% of the children being orphans. The project is simultaneously developing income generating businesses in the community to subsidise the school.. To date the team has established a 2500 bird chicken farm enterprise, a honey bee cooperative, a matatu taxi business and is presently implementing a 15 acre mixed farm. Sustainable development and local ownership is at the core of the organisation’s strategy and so with the community they are working towards 100% sustainability of this first school by 2018. The Rotary Club of Sydney lit the school up in 2014 by purchasing a complete solar electricity unit which allows the classrooms to be illuminated and the recently acquired laptops to be charged. The addition of power to the school has had a profound impact on the education of the children as the school is now running after school revision and homework sessions for students who do not have positive study environments at home. This also means that children are spending less time working on the family farm and more time learning and playing at school. 
  • The Hope Road, South Sudan project, started by an Australian organisation Sudan Orphan Education Inc is building a primary school for girls, The Anek Mathiang School, in Abyei Ajok, a poor rural community in Cueibet County in the Lakes State of South Sudan. The plan is to build 8 classrooms, a teachers’ room, and separate blocks of latrines for girls and boys. Already a well and security fence have been funded and all of the bricks for the school have been made by the local community. The first classroom block will be constructed in the dry season, from late 2015 to early 2016.
  • Pollinate Energy is supported by The Rotary Club of Sydney to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to sustainable products that improve their lives, empower local Indian entrepreneurs to be a positive force for change in India’s urban poor communities and make social business mainstream by raising awareness about the communities being worked with and supporting the next generation of social entrepreneurs. For more information go to: https://pollinateenergy.org
  • The Pakistan School Project, led by Rotary Club of Sydney member Terry Carson AM, builds schools in Pakistan. Currently the team is constructing a Girls' Secondary School in the Chitral area of northern Pakistan.