What We Do

Building goodwill and peace throughout the world

One of Rotary’s highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world. International service projects and exchange programs allow Rotarians to gain an understanding of international humanitarian issues. Often a project initiating from one individual Rotary Club will have a profound effect for the better on a community somewhere in the world.

Herver Bay Special School fundraiser

Fundraising for the Special School is over thanks to all for the fundraising such as the barbeque at Con Souvlis Betta Electrical Homemakers set up by Rod Schwerin, and the sail of raffle tickets plus a $1000.00 donation by this club, The cost of a new Vertically adjustable bed is $7,600.00 Full credit and thanks to Ian Duxbury & Don Bennetts for all the work and time put into this.

Thank you Rotary Hervey Bay City from the Special School.

Clean up Australia Day

Defibrillator hand over at Hervey Bay RSL

Photo: Des Richters (Left), President of Hervey Bay City Rotary Club donates a potential life saving HeartStart defibrillator to Mike McMahon (Right), General Manager of Hervey Bay RSL and Mike hands over a $3,000 dollar donation to Des.

The Hervey Bay City Rotary Club gets right behind the move to locate potential life saving equipment to the Hervey Bay RSL Club. After hearing about Heart Support Australia’s fundraising to buy HearStart defibrillators for the community, the Hervey Bay City Rotary Club decided to provide full support to the idea.

Hervey Bay City Rotary donated a defibrillator to the RSL Club. Staff will participate in training with the Queensland Ambulance Service to be qualified to use the equipment when a client or member of staff suffers sudden cardiac arrest. The defibrillator has the potential to significantly increase the survival rate of patients if used quickly.

The RSL was also impressed with the idea of getting defibrillators into populated locations in the community, so they donated $3,000 to Hervey Bay City Rotary for the purchase of another unit. It is hoped that more defibrillators will be placed in populated locations throughout Hervey Bay resulting in a higher survival rate for people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

Thank you to Lesley Barry for all your work on this project.


Just some of the 500 plus bangers being BBQ for the opening of BCF, the Club raise over $400.00, nice one boys!!!
Note two gents on the right, what could they be looking at? A sergeants fine?

GSE 2013 The Boys (and Girls) from Brazil 10th April

RAWCS Trip to Vanuatu May - June 2008

Via Rotary, here is an opportunity to experience tropical living in Tafea Province Vanuatu, a Pacific country village to provide aid for a needy cause. Rotary became involved in restoration on the Island of Tanna Vanuatu in 2004 when the Lenakel hospital was deemed unusable as a result of devastation caused by cyclones. The project is ongoing. The object is to create ongoing goodwill, skill sharing and task completion enhancing the independence of village personnel. The project is for two weeks between 23 May - 7 June 2008. It can be longer if you wish but two weeks is long enough to make an impact yet not that long that you get sick of it.

The location is Tanna Island which is one of the southern most islands similar in latitude to New Caledonia see map for location of the township of Lenakel. Work is from Monday to Friday as nobody works at the weekends except at the market where baskets of fruit and vegetables are traded. Accommodation in the village is at Lenakel Palms Resort, run by ex Rotarians from Oberon. Reports indicate it is of a high standard all meals, accommodation, and transport are available.

The projects are suitable to Rotarians / partners and / or friends of who have basic DIY type skills and are able to pass their knowledge onto the local technical school students. The team ought to have one qualified tradesman in the group of between 4 - 6 people. Coverage is by Rotary Australia Group Accident and Travel Insurance.

Taskings include refurbishment, quilting, maintenance, sewing, health/hygiene work, and computer/IT activity. First aid requirements will be covered by an adequate first aid kit and a member of the team with current first aid quals.

Don Bennetts Gerry Meier Ted Killer Wilf Conboy

We strongly support RAWCS/Donations In Kind:

We collect library books from The TAFE College which have become surplus to their needs. These include text books on the whole range of subjects as well as novels. This year we expect to move in excess of 12,000 books.
We work closely with Wide Bay Division of Dept. of Health, by collecting ward/hydraulic beds that are being replaced by new electric beds. We help inload the new electric beds once they are tested and tagged and then remove the redundant hydraulic bed once the patient has been moved over. We have so far removed over 90 beds and with the help of the Dept. shipped them to RAWCS/DIK in Brisbane and some have been placed in our local community.
We also collect and ship medical equipment, medical items, consumables and even uniforms that are out dated or otherwise surplus to the Dept’s needs.
We also collect and ship medical equipment, medical items, consumables and even uniforms that are out dated or otherwise surplus to the Dept’s needs.

We build and or rehabilitate wheelchairs:

We salvage old bicycle frames and use the rear forks and handle bars to make a basic wheelchair in conjunction with a basic kit that we get from a Surfers Sunrise Rotary club . We have made in excess of 80 so far and expect to complete another 16 this year. This year we are working in conjunction with The Glendyne Special School by utilising their workshop and willing students to produce these much needed wheelchairs.
We collect conventional wheelchairs and through the talents of one of our members do whatever is necessary to make them functional again. We rebuilt and delivered to RAWCS/DIK 19 chairs last year.
We financially support the Fred Hollows Foundation with a generous donation each year. The funding comes via a collection box that one of our members puts on the counter of his shops.
We collect old spectacle frames through an Optometrist member of ours which are then taken to Bali by a member of our sibling club. Several hundred have been shipped so far.
Our Rotaryannes have a project whereby they assemble what are called Birthing Kits to help Mothers in the wilds of Papua-New Guinea when they are having their babies.
The kits are made up of a ground sheet, 2 nappies, a knife blade, string, soap, safety pins etc. The kits are sent to Lae via RAWCS/DIK in Brisbane where they are distributed by a Rotarian Mr. Ross Humphries to the highland jungles.
We have delivered 1200 of these kits for our Rotaryannes so far.

Donations In Kind

Hundreds of Books off overseas for DIK (Donations in Kind) thanks Doug L for photos

Youth Service

Rotary Youth

It has often been said that youth is our most important resource. We the members of Hervey Bay City Rotary Club, believe this to be true. To back up this belief, this club has channelled a huge amount of time, money & effort towards supporting youth projects over the years.

Some of the many projects Rotary is involved in include:

The organization & construction of the first skate bowl with shelter shed & BBQ at the Seafront Oval, and the club was a major contribution to the organization design, and financing of the Hervey Bay P.C.Y.C.

For many years the club has had committees that have worked closely with local schools and have conducted interviews, resulting in the attendance of a large number of local students to state and national events:


The Annual Science Summer School


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards


Science forums


Seimans Science Schools


Adventure in Citizenship


R.Y.P.E.N. & R.Y.L.A.

Our club has also:


Conducted an Annual Inter-School Oratory Competition


Implemented a Bike Safety Scheme


Set up a Senior College Perpetual Citizenship Award


and given financial assistance to:

  1. Primary School Excursions
  2. Safety House Associations
  3. The Halfway House Youth Shelter

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) residential seminar week is an opportunity for young women and men from different backgrounds of vocation, cultural, religion, social and academic interests to work together, to exchange experiences and to develop their leadership skills. The Rotary Leadership program includes group sessions and communication skills development as well as opportunities for the acceptance of responsibility. The daily sessions of seminar topics, given by professional presenters, are supplemented by group activities each evening, including a campfire, a bush dance and a formal dinner.

Honor Board 1984 - 2010


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Contact Information

PO Box 460, Pialba,
Queensland, 4655

0435 030 920

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