Community Service

Community Service, the "heart beat" of Rotary, provides Rotary Clubs with the opportunity to make a difference to their local communities by implementing projects and activities that are relevant and specific to their needs.  Projects are as varied as the Rotary Clubs involved. 
The role of this committee is to also support Rotary Clubs - plan and implement District Community Programs.

Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is one of the largest non-government funders of mental health research in Australia and is a community service program in all Rotary districts.  Its mission is to create better health and well-being for all Australians through improved education and the advancements in knowledge gained from medical research.  In addition to mental health research, ARH also provides funding for general health research, scholarships for rural medical and nursing students and Indigenous health scholarships.
ARH was established as a charitable fund in 1981 by Rotarian PP Ian Scott and the Rotary Club of Mornington, to research Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Over the following 40 years with the generous support of Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Districts ARH has funded more than $48 million in research.  In 2020 ARH has allocated $3,150,217 to grants, scholarships and funding. 
The "Lift the Lid on Mental Illness" Campaign was launched by ARH in 2016 and has becomes a national campaign.  All Clubs are asked to participate in this program.
Co-ordinator: Rosemary Freeman
Rotary Club of Moreland


Peter Toomey Police Officer of The Year Award

Named after the late Peter Toomey - long standing officer with Victoria Police and member of the Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale, this award recognises an outstanding Victorian or NSW Police Officer.  
Co-ordinator: David Redfearn
Rotary Club of Moreland


Bowelscan is a public awareness multi-district program that provides low cost, easy to use testing kits for all Australians that help with detecting bowel cancer.   Kits are normally purchased from pharmacies, but in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic they will only be available on order from the Bowelscan website.

Co-ordinator: Graham Cocks

Rotary Club of Bright