Each year we manage the annual Australia Day New Australians citizenship ceremony at the local council hall in Kawana.
Rotary Park, Mooloolaba Spit
Mooloolaba Rotary first became involved with Rotary Park in 1982. Various upgrades have occurred since, including the construction of shelters and the installation of barbecues in 1987 and replacement of the shelters and barbecues in 2008-2010, as well as landscaping. Work continues.
Lift the Lid Walk Start Finish
Our annual "Lift the Lid Walk" raises funds for mental health research through Australia Rotary Health (ARH). This event was created by one of our members, Vicki Stewart in 2016 and has been so successful that it is now an Australian Rotary Health national walk with clubs throughout the country committed to organising "Lift the Lid" Walks
Car parking Queensland Garden Show
In July each year we organise and run the car parking over the three days of the garden show at Nambour Show Grounds. This project provides useful funds to kick off the new Rotary year.
Senior Citizens Lunch 2022.
25 November 2022 was the date of the 33rd Senior Citizens Christmas Party held at the Kawana Waters State College. Our guests were entertained by college students and meals were provided by the catering/hospitality students at the college. Of course, Santa made an appearance and gave out gifts to all present. A wonderful opportunity for the students to hone their catering skills and for intergenerational experiences for young and senior alike. The food was delicious, and we thank Suncare for providing the guest list and some funding, the KWSC team for the entertainment, food and Santa for making time in his busy schedule to spread some cheer. A big thank you to Deputy Principal, Anne Allen and catering/hospitality teacher Gayle Stanton for their parts in making the event such a success. The whole event was managed by Rotarian Kevan Dacey...thank you Kevan....
Christmas Trailer Raffle
We run an annual Christmas Trailer Raffle, thanks to the support of Kawana Shoppingworld, during December. Generous sponsors donate most of the prizes and the proceeds are distributed to several worthy local beneficiaries.
Bunnings BBQ team
We raise funds through the traditional method of staging BBQs – at our local Bunnings Warehouse and other local community events.
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Current Youth Projects
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
We select and sponsor students to attend RYPEN, a residential weekend long program delivering leadership training for 14 - 16 years olds. Over the course of the program they focus on building Resilience, Communication, Teamwork, Responsibility of Self, Habit Formation, Community Advocacy, Trust and Mindfulness Skills.
YEP student Clara and friends
Over the years Mooloolaba Rotary has hosted many inbound students from a wide range of countries for a 12-month period. Senior secondary school students are hosted by Rotarian and school families, educated at Immanuel Lutheran College and experience much that Australia has to offer through various holiday excursions, school trips etc. Our club and District select students from local schools to travel to overseas to gain similar experinces in a foreign culture, and often foreign language. This program has been on hold due to Covid but is expected to resume in 2024.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA is a week-long, live-in training seminar sponsored by Rotary clubs and/or employers. RYLA promotes citizenship, personal development and leadership to young people aged 18-26 years. RYLA aims to help young people acquire the skills required to facilitate positive change in the world.
RYDA Road Safety Education
The Road Safe Youth Driver Awareness road safety education program is a one-day course provided to senior high school students to encourage safe road behaviour. Rotary's role is to book venues, promote the program to schools, seek local sponsors and run program days.
Telling Stories is an annual story writing competition for years 4 through 12 students on the Sunshine Coast, organised and run by the Youth Committee of Mooloolaba Rotary.
Interact is a Rotary sponsored service club for young people, age 14 -18. Mooloolaba Rotary mentors and supports two local Interact Clubs at Immanuel Lutheran College and Kawana Waters State College. Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in meaningful service projects while having fun with their peers. They organize, manage and complete at least two service projects a year; one serving the local community and the other serving an international community. Along the way, Interactors develop their skills in leadership and organizing while learning to take the initiative. Through their service activities, Interactors learn the importance of: • developing leadership skills and personal integrity, exemplified by the "4-Way Test". • demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others. • understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work. • advancing international understanding and goodwill.
EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. The mission and operation of EarlyAct™ are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact. Mooloolaba Rotary mentors and supports the Earlyact Club of Buddina State School. EarlyAct™ provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others. EarlyAct™ also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
In 1996-97, the Rotary Club of Nambour and other Rotarians proposed that all Rotary clubs on the Sunshine Coast join together to support Australia's newest public university, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC or the University).
Immanuel Lutheran College Art Festival
This annual project involves Rotarians assisting staff and other volunteers to set up Immanuel Lutheran College’s annual art festival, which raises significant funds for the school. This is another way we say thank you to ILC for their support of our Interact club and for the free education they provide for our incoming international exchange students.
Freuhlingsfest Car Parking
We provide manpower to park cars for the annual Immanuel Lutheran College Fruehlingsfest event (food music, entertainment and more). We perform this service to say "thank you" to the college for their support of our Interact program and free education for our incoming international exchange students.
Maroochydore State High School Mock Interviews
Each year members spend time conducting mock interviews of year 10 students to help them prepare for the challenges of entering the workforce. This project is managed by the Rotary Club of Alexandra Headlands.
Mooloolaba State School Equine Therapy
Mooloolaba Rotarians drive selected primary school students with learning and behavioural issues to and from the Equine Alliance property at Palmwoods. The program is run each school term with drivers collecting the children from school around noon and returning them by about 2.30pm. They normally participate in this program one session per week over a period of six weeks. In that short time the kids commune with the horses; the change in some children has to be seen to be believed.
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Current International Projects
The Rotary clubs of the Sunshine Coast, including Mooloolaba, are long-term supporters of this hugely valuable project. Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children transports children from developing countries in our Pacific region to Australia and New Zealand for life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country. Our involvement is currently limited to donating funds to the project and participating in the annual trivia quiz fund raising event organised by the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific.
Working at the Re-purposing Depot (formerly DIK), Brisbane
Rotary clubs of our District source donate medical and educational material to be sorted and packed in containers for shipment to Pacific Ocean destinations, including Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Clubs transport equipment to the depot in Brisbane and volunteer time to store, sort and pack goods for shipment to the islands. This “repurposing of equipment” is just one of the activities managed through Rotary Australia World Community Service – RAWCS.
Solomon Islands Water and Sanitation Projects
Members of our club have travelled to the Solomon Islands several times over the past ten years to install fresh water and toilet facilities in remote village primary schools, as well as building nurse aid posts.