The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay Inc
PO Box 144 Subiaco Western Australia 6904
The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay was chartered in 1979. The club meets every Wednesday morning at 7.00 for
7.20 for a one hour breakfast meeting at the excellent Matilda Bay Restaurant. Meetings finish promptly at
8.30. We regularly have guest speakers who are interesting, challenging or inspirational – or all three!
On the first Wednesday of the month our meetings are held via Zoom.
The atmosphere of our meetings is bright, full of fun and good friendship.
There are about 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and regions around the world: all clubs are
members of Rotary International. The total membership world-wide is around 1.2 million men and women.
Rotary International celebrated its centenary in 2005.
The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay supports projects on three levels – local, national and international.
Locally, we have supported many community causes including University Camp for Kids,
Wheelchairs for Kids, Camp Opportunity, the All Ability Play Space, VoiceWorks Plus and the City of
Subiaco Citizenship program to name just a few.
We have a strong bond with our ‘link’ school Dianella Secondary College. We sponsor some of their students
in programs of personal development, driver education, public speaking and help many of them prepare to
enter the workforce through exposure to different vocations, with mentoring and with ‘mock job interviews’.
25 years ago we established a Memorial Garden at the King Edward Memorial Hospital where the ashes of
stillborn babies are interred. It was upgraded 10 years ago at a cost of $70,000 and a further major upgrade
is being planned. We maintain it so that families can return to this beautiful, quiet and peaceful garden.
Statewide, we have been a major donor to the establishment of a public RotaryWA Cord Blood Bank.
Rotarians in WA raised over $6m. for this life-saving facility that is managed by the Australian Red Cross Blood
Service and will provide free, ethical, life-saving therapies for patients with malignancies and other diseases
of the blood and immune systems, such as leukaemia. It will be able to assist patients around the world.
Nationally, Australian Rotary Health is a major sponsor of health research and scholarships, donating some
$3m annually. Currently the Fund’s focus is on mental health and we have held mental health education
forums within the local community and supported health scholarship recipients. Currently we are supporting
an Aboriginal student who is studying medicine at UWA.
Internationally, larger sustainable projects are often undertaken in conjunction with other clubs.
• We support Rotary’s global Polio Eradication program which is eradicating poliomyelitis – 99.9% of this
dreaded paralysing disease has been eliminated with over 2 billion children immunised globally.
• We have supported a major Road Safety project in Thailand to reduce the motor cycle injury toll –
especially involving children.
• We have sent 2 teams of members to Raman in Timor L’Este to install a safe drinking water system to
this remote village.
• We have funded several Shelterboxes to rapidly provide shelter to families following natural disasters.
• We have sponsored a Rotary Youth Exchange student to be hosted for 12 months by a Rotary club
in an overseas country. In return, we delight in hosting an outstanding overseas high school student
for a year in the homes of our members. Due to COVID19 this program is in abeyance.
In addition, Rotarians donate to The Rotary Foundation which provides funding for a huge range of
Humanitarian and Educational programs as well as for our wonderful Peace Fellowships. These programs
each support, by funding, Rotarians’ goals of worldwide understanding, goodwill and peace.
We are very proud of all that the ROTARY CLUB OF MATILDA BAY achieves by providing help where it is most
needed in our local, national and global communities – and we have fun at the same time!
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