Currently, our main projects are:
Combined Community Raffle
This annual event is designed to assist all local sporting, cultural, school and similar non-profit organisations and groups interesting in raising funds for themselves.
The Rotary Club of The Entrance has, since 1984, organised the raffle, provided the tickets free of charge and organised a substantial prize.
Each organisation is rewarded with the total value (100%) of its ticket sales.
Since its inception, the raffle has “earned” about $760 000 locally.
This year, the main prize was a $3 000 travel voucher, Flight Centre Bateau Bay, courtesy of Mingara Recreation Club, with the minor prizes donated by Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Gem Design Jewellers, The Entrance, and Water’s Edge Seafood Restaurant, The Entrance. Sponsors also included McDonalds. The raffle was drawn at the Rotary Club meeting at Mingara Recreation Club in February 2018.
- 1st Prize P & D Mulholland ticket No. 9810
- 2nd Prize Miranda Faulks ticket No. 3209
- 3rd Prize Sheryl Binnie ticket No. 9607
- 4th Prize Michael Sawczac ticket No. 0399
Tickets for the 2018-2019 raffle will be available from September through to December, 2018.
Any worthy non-profit organisation wishing to know more about this self-help fundraiser should contact Con Bartsos on 9056 9151 or 0409 449 498 or send us a email. Click HERE
For fourteen years, Rotary has operated Bowelscan (now known as BowelCare), a cancer detection programme involving a simple self-administered test which can be done at home.
BowelCare is conducted each year during August, and is supported by our club.
It is recommended for both men and women over forty. The kits cost $15 and are available at most local pharmacies.
Over the years, BowelCare has detected cancer and polyps that could potentially become cancer, in more than six hundred people on the Central Coast.
A major revenue raising activity is the Bunnings, Tuggrah BBQ which the club holds every 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays in a month. The Club provides the BBQ at Bunnings from 8.00AM to 4.00PM for Bunnings customers and visiting trades people. This is good charity revenue raising event for the Club plus an opportunity for the members to enjoy a day working together. In addition the club provides the BBQ services to other organisations for events they are holding.
Spin ‘n’ Win
One of our projects is our number wheel activity which we call “Spin ‘n’ Win”. Held twice a month at Charter Hall, Bateau Bay Square, we offer prizes of meat and fruit/vegetable trays with special trays at Easter and Christmas. The event is popular with patrons of Bateau Bay Square, and helps us to raise funds which are used to assist local charitable organisations.
Pride of Workmanship Awards
In March or April each year The Rotary Club of The Entrance participates in an Australian Rotary program entitled “Pride of Workmanship” in which the efforts and achievements of local employees from a wide variety of vocations are recognised and applauded. The program seeks to promote pride of workmanship by honouring these people irrespective of age or vocation, who in the eyes of their employers show a distinct quality in their approach, attitude, commitment, responsibility and dedication to their work.
At an awards dinner which is held by the club each year, the presentation of a citation and an especially designed plaque is made to each of the awardees.
Employers wishing to nominate an employee for such an award are invited to contact the club (PO Box 8173, Tumbi Umbi, 2261).
The theme of the program is “Do it once, do it well. Build a better Australia”.
Yarran Early Intervention Centre
The Rotary Club of The Entrance has supported Yarran Early Intervention Centre for many years. We have provided donations to the centre which help with the purchase of special equipment and other resources for the children.
The Director, staff and families of Yarran are most grateful for our ongoing support.
As recognition of Rotary’s support for the children, Yarran awards an annual trophy to acknowledge a Rotarian who demonstrates a high level of social responsibility.
Christmas Joy for Disadvantaged Kids
Ray White Real Estate at Tumbi Umbi began collecting Christmas gifts in 2014 to support of the club’s ‘Tree of Joy’ project. This is in addition to the gifts provided with the co-operation of the management of Charter Hall, Bateau Bay Square, where Rotary’s “Tree of Joy” is installed each November at this centre. Members of the community are asked to take a card from the tree and purchase a gift for a needy child living in our local area. All the gifts were presented to Samaritans on the Coast and distributed prior to Christmas to families in need.
On occasion, the club has supported the Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras held at The Entrance in December. We have entered a float in the street parade and sponsored two entrants in recent Mardi Gras Queen Competitions.
The age-old “Lucky Envelopes” is held occasionally. For the outlay of two dollars, a secretly numbered envelope can be purchased with the chance to win cash prizes up to $50. This new/old fundraiser has provided about $1 500 annually for our charity funds.
The club has made substantial donations to
The Rotary Wing at Westmead Hospital
Midwives for East Timor
Central Coast Community Care Services
Grandparents for Grandchildren
National Science Forum
Child Abuse Protection Society
Queensland Cyclone Appeal
Victorian Bush Fire Appeal
Shelter Box Australia
the Haiti Earthquake Appeal
Australian Red Cross
Norah Head Search and Rescue
Terrigal Sea Rescue, Local Surf Clubs
Wyong District Hospital, Long Jetty Hospital
The Smith Family
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The Children’s Hospital
Killarney Vale Pre School
Inner Wheel Australia’s Cord Blood Research Project
Voluntary Fire Brigade
Australian Health Fund
Child Flight, Care Flight, Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service
The Rotary Foundation
Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
Wheelchair Foundation Australia
Plastic Surgery in Nepal
Biblioteka Emera Library in East Timor
Central Coast Suicide Network
Yarran Early Intervention Centre
Police and Community Youth Centre
Norah Head Lighthouse Trust
Central Coast Shirley Shuttle and many other worthwhile charities.
Achievements of the club since its Charter in 1972
Supported Yarran Early Intervention Centre
Conducted “Tree of Joy” – a Christmas collection of toys to brighten the lives of children helped by the Salvation Army and Central Coast Samaritans
Supported RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme for Senior High School students)
Supported MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly, for Senior High School students). Several of our newer members whilst members of the former Ourimbah Rotary Club were instrumental in inaugurating both of the above programmes on the Central Coast.
Sponsored several Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees (RYLA)
Sponsored many Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment students (RYPEN)
Cooked BBQs at local events for Charities
Hosted overseas students and sponsored outbound students
Supported International Group Study Exchange Teams
Presented Pride of Workmanship Awards to deserving employees of local businesses and services
Sponsored Youth Leadership and Enrichment Courses and Science Seminars
Organised Community Bowel Scan Project
Initiated the formation of several Probus clubs in the local area