We are a diverse group of passionate and like-minded people with the common goal of giving back to the community we live and work in. What sets us apart is that we meet on a boat in the beautiful Sydney Harbour.
We are an irreverent bunch with fun and joy as our priorities. We do though like to mix serious community driven work with our fun and our fully committed to our local and international projects.
What makes “The Coves” special is its people. We are a diverse group of men and women. We range in ages from young professionals looking for opportunities such as leadership through to our seasoned Rotarians who are great mentors. We are from all walks of life as well as many countries, bringing a variety of knowledge and experience to everything we do. Our conversation is always lively and our social and project calendar always busy.
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved in over thirty community projects, with the added benefit of networking and forming friendships with over 100 club members.
We meet each Friday for breakfast from 7:15am to 8:30am aboard a Captain Cook Cruise vessel, moored at Eastern Pontoon on the boardwalk to the Opera House, Circular Quay, Sydney. Our meetings cost $35 and come with a hot and cold breakfast. During our meetings we always have a speaker, these range from journalists to scientists and everything in between. It is like your very own weekly TED talk.
Every year in November we hold one large charity fundraiser. This is the Rotary Solas Regatta in conjunction with the cruising yacht club of Australia. Find out more about this here – https://www.rotarysolascharityregatta.com.au/
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Across our club, we have a range of causes we support, often with significant hands-on contribution. There are club projects which have been running for years but we are always open to supporting new causes.
All of our causes are broken into various committees that you can be a part of once joining Rotary. Our club is broken down into four areas: Community, Youth leadership, Vocational and International services.
In our community services we are very active in the services to the homeless and disadvantaged.
We assist in manning the Vinnies Night patrol food service with a rotating roster of our club members. We pack the patrol vans with food, snacks, blankets and serve hot coffee, milo and tea at various locations in Sydney.
We are heavily involved in the Early Bird Cafe with a team assembling each Tuesday of the week. The Early Bird Cafe services homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney City by providing a hot breakfast, snacks, fruit as well as coffee, tea and hot chocolate every morning from Monday to Friday.
Other areas of activity include drought relief and affected community support activities. We support our LGBTI community activities such as the Mardi Gras and Fair Day. We also marshal City2Surf and the Australia Wheel Day Race.
Among our support programs for the Indigenous community we have an Indigenous Community Development fund which has assisted in funding a long term community development and empowerment project at Baniyala in Arnhem Land, the last phase assisting in the building of four new houses in the community. We assist the Tribal Warrior organisation in Redfern with a number of its activities. We also obtained and shipped office, IT and recreational equipment to the Indigenous Learning Centre in Alice Springs and to a new Training Facility being built at Mutitjulu at Uluru.
We have been running a Climate & Peace committee for several years, working with the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, setting an example for the Rotary District. Together with advocacy on climate issues, we have several projects including the Climate & Peace Forums. Our aim is to also reduce the Club’s carbon footprint and to install solar panels in remote Fiji schools.
We have a large emphasis on youth leadership programs, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Exchange, National Science Forum and we will be supporting the Stand Tall initiative founded by our own member Nick Farr-Jones and his wife Angela to support Youth at Risk.
We have recently placed surplus IT equipment and furniture to assist in equipping an expanding Stepping Stone House (which was founded by one of our members) and sponsor annually a candidate from Stepping Stone House to have the life changing experience of an extended passage on the Young Endeavour.
In the area of International Service, we are a strong supporter of the Medical Repurposing network founded by our past member Wayne Leatham which has placed surplus medical equipment in communities around the Pacific region and we are the driver of the MRN’s new initiative of placing new and simple Xray facilities in remote locations in PNG to try to mitigate the incidence of TB in the region.
Our new International project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Camberwell (Melb) is the Timor Leste Sanitation project – stage two. Where we are going to build toilets and bathrooms for remote schools with additional support from Ausaid and probably volunteering opportunities next year.
Our other main projects are the Seven Women Nepal project with funding and volunteering aspects and we are a strong supporter of raising money for the eradication of Polio and are committed to an expanded effort in support of the Polio Train Ride fundraisers.
Our Vocational Services efforts include support for the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards as the only club to be a sponsor and the Science and Engineering Challenge.