Posted by RDU Feb edition 2023 on Feb 02, 2023
Applications for the first round of 2023 Balwyn Rotary Centenary Grants close on March 31.  For more information and to download the application form, go to:

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia in 2021 the Rotary Club of Balwyn will donate a significant portion of its annual income generated from its Camberwell Sunday Market to assist other Rotary Clubs in Australia in their humanitarian endeavours. Since 1976 the Sunday Market has become a Melbourne icon and tourist attraction and the many millions of dollars generated from the Sunday Market has enabled the Rotary Balwyn to start many major community projects and assist in philanthropic initiatives within Australia and internationally.

Rotary’s theme for 2022-23 is Imagine and it was very easy to imagine the difference that these small projects, funded in earlier rounds of grants can make in a wide variety of countries within our region.

These include:
• Philippines: refurbishment of a place of healing for child survivors of trauma (RC Essendon - Leeton Central)
• Congo: construction & operation of a community hub in Lotumbe ( eClub of Greater Syndey)
• Nepal: Community Hospital Operating theatre in Dudhkoski (RC Albury)
• Bali: Clean water project providing rainwater tanks in Kayu Wit village (RC Seaford, South Australia)
• India:  Dairy program for the empowerment of women in MaduraiThe  (RC Willetton, Western Australia)
• Victoria: a teenage Mental Health First Aid course at a bayside Melbourne college in 2023. This project tackles the difficult issue of mental health and is targeted at teenagers in Years 9 & 10 and is very relevant post-COVID pandemic. (RC Brighton North)