Local Projects

Fun in fundraising and community involvement.

Australia Day Thong Throwing

For many years our club has run the “thong throwing” at the Australia Day breakfast at Dee Why Beach. It is a fun morning with some serious competition. A great community event.

Local Support

Over the spring and summer of 2019-2020 the Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah was asked by Northern Beaches Council to raise much needed money for those affected by drought and bushfires. We collected at the Manly Jazz Festival, Christmas carol and World Food Festival events.

Veteran community support

Our Club supports the Veterans Centre at Dee Why RSL by running the club’s annual Anzac Day barbecue.

We also fundraise for Legacy, which supports families of veterans, by selling their iconic badges during Legacy Week.

Northern Beaches Hospital

Our Club has run several barbecues at the Northern Beaches Hospital, prior to its opening and to thank staff during their settling in stage.

Environmental Sustainability
Salvation Army

Member Marrianne is Major at the Salvation Army at Dee Why. We assist her with projects on a needs basis, including collecting donated food from local IGA stores during Covid-19. Our member Wendy has organised annual breakfasts for the local business community, raising more than $27,000 for the Salvation Army.

Tree of Joy

Generous shoppers at Dee Why Grand donated more than 300 toys for distribution to children who may otherwise have woken up to nothing from Santa.

Distributing funds


As soon as the rains started falling our club was out raising funds, blankets and other much needed goods which we distributed through Rotary Clubs in flood-affected areas.

Environmental Sustainability
Veteran Support

The Veterans Centre is based in Dee Why so we chose to support them by taking a number of veterans on a day trip with AEA Tours to the Hunter Valley.

Sharing experiences is important to veterans, especially those who experience mental health issues.

Community help

We regularly join with other Rotary Clubs to support those in need. An unwell resident in Balgowlah needed some help in her garden so we joined with the Rotary Club of Balgowlah to do a quick clean-up after storms.


Purchased P2 masks for local firefighters who volunteer with the Rural Fire Service. These masks help protect firefighters when they spend many hours in fire ravaged areas.

Environmental Sustainability
Mental Health First Aid

More than 100 people attended Mental Health First Aid courses. The course provides an understanding on mental health issues and how to support people in crisis or with ongoing mental health issues.


BowelScan is a Rotary project which has prevented the deaths of hundreds of people by detecting cancers early. 

The kits are now available online.

Across NSW


Many areas are suffering through extended drought. A visit to Warren in north west NSW created increased understanding of issues in the bush. Donations were provided in partnership with the Rotary Club of Warren and their IGA store for some local families “doing it tough”.

Environmental Sustainability

So many suffered over summer. Our Club partnered with the Rotary Club of Kurrajong North Richmond to assist families in their area. Packages containing local produce were purchased to surprise some on Mothers’ Day, wheelbarrows and gardening equipment was bought for families and a Christmas in July was held (a little late, in August) to delight children who had missed theirs.

Tree of Joy

Our Tree of Joy at Dee Why Grand provides gifts for those in need. They are distributed in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs to local families and across New South Wales.

International Projects

The Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah has members with broad global experience and we put this to good use to support international projects. Rotary operates in more than 200 clubs around the world, ensuring projects are effectively managed and implemented. Partnering with a Rotary Club in the country provides “feet on the ground” to assist and give sound advice.

Tree Planting
Volcano disaster

The eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga in January 2022 devastated this tiny nation. Our club quickly offered to help by co-ordinating relief and assisting with a grant application and liaising with the Tongan community to send goods. Our Club has sent a container of donated N-95 masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Educational support

When Club member Wendy told us about the challenges her homeland faced after the disastrous explosion in Beirut in August 2020, we were keen to help. Through her teacher sister Cindy we are assisting primary students with their school fees and other items. We also sent them each a Christmas present to brighten their day!

Rachel Coupaud
Australia Bangla Care for Dental

Member Sandra Meihubers (AM) visits Bangladesh to work with local dentists to provide essential dental care/services for the poor in schools and slum areas in Dhaka and rural regions of Bangladesh.

Roberto Sanchez
Nepal Village Development

Sandra and her husband Paul initially supported Nepali teams to build toilets and waste disposal systems (both biogas & septic) in very poor villages, in schools and to provide school and village dental care and hygiene. After the 2015 earthquake the club helped fund reconstruction of community facilities.

Monica Kinyua
CHOICE Cambodia

Member Don visited Cambodia then moved there to live. With CHOICE Cambodia and Rotary partners, he has built school facilities and is currently assisting provide food for very poor families.

Don is now President Elect for the Rotary Club of Phnom Penh and keeps in touch with us via Zoom.

Tree Planting
Sanitation Project

Rotary Dee Why Warringah President Liz has worked through Rotary on many projects in Fiji since she lived there in the 1990s.

  • Assisting a remote maternity hospital
  • Helping build homes outside Lautoka
  • Providing educational and medical materials and relief after Cyclone Winston.
  • Currently, partnering with the Rotary Club of Lautoka, toilet and shower facilities are being built for six people with a severe mobility disability.
Leprosy Mission Trust India

Chrisy has been involved with the Leprosy Mission Trust Australia for many years and has visited their hospitals in India. Dr Faminka Darlong, Head of the hospital program at the Leprosy Mission Trust India, visited our club to talk about their vital work.

Completed International Projects

Rachel Coupaud
Container to Tonga

After Tonga was lashed by Cyclone Gita in 2018, we funded and filled a container with medical and other equipment for Tonga’s main hospital, working with the Consulate of Tonga and Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa.

Roberto Sanchez
Timor Leste
Dental Program

Rotary Maubara Dental Project improved access to preventive based dental care for school children and adults in rural regions of Timor Leste, in co-operation with the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies.

Early in the 2000s our club sent mosquito proof bed nets to Timor Leste to help prevent malaria.

Monica Kinyua
Papua New Guinea
Operation Porgera

Literacy Program for Porgera/Laiagam in Enga Province.

Our Club also sent containers of books, educational and vocational items including sewing machines and technical equipment.


Come and Meet us!

Our Club currently meets every Tuesday night at 7pm at Manly Leagues Club, Brookvale.

Phone or message  Liz on     0419 267 960 for a chat.


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