Projects for Rotary Year 2017-2018

Planned and Ongoing Projects 2017- 2018
Service Projects:
Balibo is a rural area in one of the poorest parts of Timor Leste, the poorest country in our region.  We have made a long-term commitment to help the people achieve their objectives particularly in the areas of Education Health and Capacity Building.  

Creating the Balibo Dental Clinic is our most ambitious project so far and when it is complete it will provide the first dental care for 15,000 people.  We are continuing with our Balibo School Project to equip the 21 local schools and will ship a container of equipment this year. The Dental Clinic wil officially open on 24th of August 2016  For more information contact David Dippie 0408174773.                                             
Holloway Hostel Community Hub (Nearing Completion)                             
We have a long association with the Holloway Hostel Aged Care Facility and helped with the construction.   It’s a pleasure to help them again with their latest venture, “The Shed”.
The concept is to have a building that that can be used in a similar way to Men’s-Shed by special interest groups within our community, to use and share with like-minded residents.   It will be available to small community groups who will be joined by residents with similar interests to allow them to socialise with the wider community while being in the safe easy to reach environment. For more information contact Norm Draper                                      

Keilor Downs Secondary College Global Learning Project     
We are supporting the Keilor Downs Secondary College - High Resolves Program that provides students in Years 7-10 with the motivation, skills and confidence they need to begin to tackle the many complex challenges they face, both in their lives today and as the leaders of tomorrow.
This is achieved through 4 innovative programs, run in partnership with schools:
Year 7 Personal Identity Workshop Year 8 Global Citizenship Program
Year 9 Global Leadership Program Year 10 Advanced Global Leadership Program

Keilor Primary School “Bulldog Hill" Project
We are continuing our support for the Keilor Primary School by helping them refurbish the activity area at the school – Bulldog Hill.  We were involved in two working bees last year
(see the home page for photos)The final part of the project includes installing two 4.5M fibreglass slides with appropriate safe access and egress areas.  For more information contact       Cameron Horder


Keilor Junior Sport
Our Rotary Club supported the Keilor Junior Cricket and Keilor Junior Football Clubs in the previous year, by providing the coaches awards to all the junior teams in the past year. The Rotary Club is holding Trivia night in conjunction with the Junior Cricket Club again inFebruary as part of our ongoing support

Monmia Primary School Friendship Seat  (Completed)   The first tree planted at the school became a symbol of the school and place where the school community would meet in its shelter.  Unfortunately the tree died and is being replaced.  When it is planted we will build a “Friendship Seat” around the tree to create a new meeting place.     
Recycled Sound - Hearing aid Project                        
We are partnering with the Rotary Club of Toorak, Better Hearing Australia and Blamey Saunders hears to recycle hearing aids and provide them to the disadvantaged.  
If you know of any hearing aids that are not being used, please consider donating them to Recycled Sound. Brian Atkins Pharmacy at 431 Keilor Road Niddrie will gladly accept your donations. Also, if you know of any person who needs assistance with obtaining hearing aids, please contact Recycled Sound at

Rotary Camp Getaway

We have been supporting Rotary Camp Getaway a facility that has been specially designed to cater for people with disabilities.  The major project that is being shared by many Rotary Clubs in our district is to build a New Kitchen.  There are hands-on opportunities for everyone and we invite you to join us on our next working bee.        For more information contact Harold Simpson                                             

The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is a cooperative where Rotary Club donate funds which support Rotary administration and major Club Projects that require additional funding.  We are an ongoing supporter with funds and have been fortunate to receive Foundation Grants for;
Balibo Dental Clinic
Hand Brake Turn to provide computes to assist with student learning
Keilor Downs Secondary College – Global Learning Project
Fundraising Projects:
Bunnings Sausage Sizzles          
What make our sausages taste so good?  With every bite you are helping someone in need.   We strongly recommend that you partake of the gourmet delights of any Rotary Sausage Sizzle particularly when we are performing at the Taylors Lakes Store.  The funds raised at these events support many of our projects.      
Cake Decorating Implements               
Some of our talented Members use their skills to manufacture specialised cake decorating implements and wooden toys.   See photos on the bottom of the home page          

Car Show                    
Our annual Car Show on the first Sunday in May is one of our major fundraising events and has become a feature on the Car Show circuit.  People wanting to exhibit their cars and motor bikes are encouraged to book early as there is limited space.  Everyone is invited to visit and have a look at some of the best classic cars in Victoria.  For more information contact Joe Raimondo.  Our previous event will give you an idea of how good this part is click on the Car Show Tab on the website        

International Women's Day Breakfast                                
Ladies and Gentlemen come and join us at one of Rotary’s major events.   Women are equal partners in Rotary and one of the reasons that this event is held is to counter the miss impression that Rotary is a “Men’s Organization”.   Join us on our table and learn about some of the great things our Sisters are doing.     To join us contact us via our website, or hoist your own table.

Village of Balibo - Timor Leste

Recently the Rotary Club of Keilor adoptred a village in Timor Leste - Balibo and the club is currently working with the Rotary Club of Port Melbourne to improve Health and Education services in the village of Balibo and surrounding areas.

Recently the Keilor Rotary Club held a Trivia night in conjunction with the Gateway Rotaract Club ( Rotary Club for younger people) to raise funds to purchase refurbished computers and ship them along with desks to Balibo.

The Rotary Club of Keilor has recently applied for a Rotary District International Grant to build a dental clinc in the village community centre (The Balibo Flag House)


Project type: 

Rotary International Victorian Primary School Recycling Project

Every child has the right to a good education, but sadly for many this is only a dream.   70,000,000 children will receive no schooling this year.   Two of the key elements needed to provide education are well equipped classrooms and the things that students need.     In Australia we are very fortunate to be able to replace items before they wear out and discard goods that would be very valuable in developing countries.       We are working with local schools and students to donate all of the reusable material they no longer require, to be given to the teachers and students who lack these resources and who deserve our help.
There are three donation areas of particular interest
•    Recycling the library books no longer require
•    End of year collection of the items students and the school no longer require
•    Recycling equipment that is being replaced
Last year the West Footscray Donations In Kind Store shipped 45 x 20’ containers of goods overseas, the cost was $220,000+ and almost all of this was funded by Rotary Clubs.    Our Club is a strong supporter of this great operation.    Much of the material being collected would have become landfill if we did not provide this much better alternative.  
Sadly unless some without help with donations for shipping there will continue to be times when we can’t collect valuable material because there is no room to store it or funds to ship.    In other states Government contributes to the shipping cost, but in Victoria we have to rely on the Community.    It only cost $4 to ship a chair so a little makes a big difference.
 If this is an area that interests you we hope that you will join with the Rotary Club of Keilor and be partners in this great project

In East Timor there are 100,000 children without desks or chairs

This school was fully equiped with donated equipment and the Rotary Club of Keilor paid for the shipping

Donations in Kind (DIK) Store West Footscray

The Rotary Club of Keilor is proud to be an active supporter of a highly effective recycling operation managed by Donations in Kind store at West Footscray. For 50 year Rotarians have been involved in hands on projects, working overseas on Rotary Australia World Community Service Projects (RAWCS) for more information  Our Club has been involved in many projects over the years and we are currently in the planning and fundraising stage for a project in Timor Leste.
Early projects highlighted how useful surplus material in Australia could be and Rotary Clubs now have a multimillion dollar recycling operation in every state run by volunteers. In the past 10 years over 300 containers have been shipped from the West Footscray Store to all corners of the globe containing goods valued at greater than $20 million. The goods are gathered by Rotarians with support from organizations who understand that their donated goods will go to people in genuine need, regardless of country, race, politics or religion. They are also impressed that Rotary covers the cost of the total operation including funding the freight. If you have goods you feel may be suitable please contact us.
The Rotary Club of Keilor helps by providing material and volunteers who sort, pack and ship the goods.    We also support the Store financially contributing to the rent and running costs which exceed $40,000pa.     
Much of the material that we send overseas for our Club Projects is supplied by the Store. Our Community Mobility Aids Project uses store material and is an excellent example of community recycling.

DIK Standard Opening Times are 9.00am -3.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, other times by appointment.   

Contact Laurie Fisher 0428 550 574, or  David Dippie 0408 174773

Postal Address: PO Box 4139 West Footscray VIC 3012
Telephone: 03 9689 0946 Mobile 0428 550 574

Mobility & Lifestyle Aids

The Rotary Club of Keilor, together with a number of other Rotary Clubs in Melbourne’s west, has established a program to facilitate the placement of donated second hand mobility & lifestyle aids into the community where such placement is endorsed and requested by a health, allied health, aged care, disability service provider etc as meeting a need that cannot otherwise be met in a reasonable timeframe because of its urgency, lack of access to funding etc.