Activities Rotarians dedicate their time and effort to Community Service and to raise funds for projects that make a difference in our community - a significant portion of this funding is used to support the local Mt Eliza community.
Fund Raising and ApplicationDuring the 2015 -16 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Mt Eliza raised approximately $85,000 through activities like: The Giant Garage Sale held at Peninsula School in the early months of each year; The Mt Eliza Farmers Market; Sausage Sizzles (Mornington Bunnings); the Club Raffle; the Bark in the Park Dog Expo in the John Butler Reserve beside the Mt Eliza shopping precinct; and the Kids Fun Run with K163 – an opportunity for kids to run with the historic steam locomotive at Moorooduc Station.
New Generations and Youth is an important part of Rotary’s vision. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, Rotary Mt Eliza’s activities included hosting an exchange student from Switzerland, sponsorship of four secondary students to attend MUNA (Model United Nations); assistance for students of the Sudanese community around Frankston in activities to assist them assimilate into the Australian lifestyle; sponsorship of two local secondary students to attend the highly-sought National Youth Science Forum in Canberra; providing financial support for a project of students of Mt Eliza Secondary College to landscape the Village Green in Mt Eliza shopping area; providing financial support for a Youth Summit and ‘I’m Sorry’ anti bullying program amongst local secondary students.
The International program included assistance to teacher training programs in Timor L’Este, children’s wheelchairs for a medical outreach group in Cambodia, school uniforms for an orphanage school in Cambodia , contributing to the Fiji cyclone disaster relief and assisting with the purchase of mosquito nets for villagers in Solomon Islands to dramatically reduce the incidence of malaria.
Included in the local community projects was funding for two replacement horses for Riding for the Disabled, Mornington Peninsula; seed funding for the Mt Eliza Mens Shed; refurbishing the Mt Eliza Community Notice Board. By far the largest single local community project was utilisation of the proceeds of the ‘Kids’ Fun Run with K163’ to acquire five high-tech beds for the Peninsula Health’s Frankston Hospital Children’s Ward.
In addition to the above, a further $40,000 was applied from prior years’ fundraising for the construction of a rotunda in Rotary Park at the western end of the Mt Eliza shopping precinct.