Community Projects


Help for Perth Homeless Support Group     

Members of the Karrinyup Rotary Homeless Working Group and friends recently prepared food and distributed it to the homeless through the Perth Homeless Support Group. On Friday they met at the Perth Homeless Support centre in Bayswater and prepared sandwiches, desserts and packed cakes ready for distribution on Sunday, when the team met at the homeless hub to distribute food, clothing, toiletries and books. This is a very streamlined operation with team leaders organising all aspects of the day. The Perth Homeless Support Group can always use assistance and anyone can volunteer.


Golden Project Update September 2022     

Project Manager Peter Polain brought us up to date on developments with the RC Karrinyup Golden Project at Lake Gwellup. Following the presentation of a proposal to the City of Stirling previously, President Jenni, Peter Durrant and Peter Polain met with two Councillors and the two key City of Stirling directors in late August. They came away feeling that the mood was positive and the meeting productive with the City looking at the project commencing in the 2023 - 2024 financial year. The club is now 'under the pump' to pull the planning together before the end of this calendar year.


Help for Homeless in Perth     

For several weeks members of our Homeless Support Group have been collecting items and preparing backpacks for the homeless. Recently these were delivered for distribution by the Perth City Homeless Support Group. Karrinyup Rotary's Sandra McGuire and Jane Wake, seen here with Perth City Homeless Support Group's Volunteer Coordinator Jed Fay, were most interested to learn about the work of the group. Karrinyup Rotary's donations of backpacks were set for delivery on Tuesday, 19th July. 


Backpacks for the Homeless     

What started out as simply collecting socks for the homeless this winter grew into something much more, due to the wonderful contributions and generous donations of our amazing local residents, as well as support from our club. Working closely with the Perth City Homeless Group, we were able to provide, not only over 300 pairs of socks for distribution but we also managed to put together 32 backpacks for men and women for donation to the needy. Each backpack carried a tag identifying that it was a donation from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.


Ocean Heroes - Surfing on the Spectrum     

Ken Foggo introduced Sam Moyle and Luke Hallam, two of the co-founders of Ocean Heroes, a Western Australia based charity that aims to improve the wellbeing of those living with Autism and their families through surfing. Since 2016, Ocean Heroes has shared the thrill and wonder of surfing with over four thousand members of the Autism community, enabling them to build self-confidence in a supportive and fun environment. 


Winter Woollies 2022 Well Underway     

Last year, the club's Winter Woollies project team hosted a community stall at the Stirling Farmers Market to collect warm garments for the homeless. This led to a lovely knitting group, who were very excited to help, making contact with us. These wonderful ladies from the Wembley Church knitting group have already started off our winter appeal with beanies and scarves, as well as helping wheelchair for kids with blankets and toys.


Ukrainian Displaced Persons Project     

There are a significant number of Ukrainian Displaced Persons in WA requiring our care and assistance. Stallholders at Karrinyup Rotary's Stirling Farmers Market stepped up and donated produce each week to be distributed to families, who have fled the war to our city. From this connection with the Ukrainian Community in Perth and with seed funding from the Greenlight Foundation, the Rotary Club of Karrinyup has established a larger project with RAWCS to support new arrivals fleeing the war in Ukraine with their settlement in Western Australia. If you would like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made by following this link.


Support for Passages 2022     

Passages Resource Centre is a referral service for homeless or street present young people between the ages of 12 and 25. RC Karrinyup was again proud to support the Rotary Club of Perth’s recent fundraiser for this service, the Ramelius Resources Passages Race Day. In addition, the members and friends, who attended at their own expense, had a most enjoyable day. All funds raised were directed towards assisting street present young people through information, programs and referrals.


Camp Quality Update 2021     

Community Service Director Mike Murphy introduced the team from Camp Quality, Belinda and Maddie - to tell us how our support for kids affected by cancer in WA is working, and talented puppeteers - Andrea and Haydon. Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again, providing a support network and a range of non-medical support services for children living with cancer and their families. RC Karrinyup has been a strong supporter of the program over many years. Maddie explained what is happening in 2021 and thanked the club for its ongoing support.


Renaming Ceremony Dandjoo Koorliny     

Karrinyup Rotary members were proud to attend the renaming ceremony for RDA Carine - Dandjoo Koorliny. The Dandjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact Project is designed and led by Aboriginal leaders to help us all walk together towards the future. Karrinyup Rotary has supported RDA Carine for eighteen years and was integral in converting their need for an all weather facility into a proposal that could be submitted for approval and funding. The facility, which opened in 2019, is now beautifully decorated by local indigenous artists.


Happy 10th Birthday to our Fabulous SFM     

Last weekend the RC Karrinyup celebrated ten fabulous years of the Stirling Farmers Market. As well as being a reliable source of income for all our many charity projects, this event has established our club as a visual presence in the local community. Market patrons continue to praise the wonderful friendly atmosphere, which prevails each Sunday morning at the market and our club members on duty each week are responsible for perpetuating this.

The birthday had a wonderful festive atmosphere with bunting on the stalls and lots of free entertainment for all including pony rides for the children, face painting, eco fairies and of course cake for everyone! Thanks go also to our wonderful stall holders but most especially to Market Manager Heather Leaney and her market team, who do so much behind the scenes. Happy Birthday to us! 

Mens Life Expo 2021     

Mens Talk completed a major weekend for Male Mental Health on 27 - 28 November, when they hosted the very first Mens Life Expo on Saturday and the annual Swim For Life at Scarborough Beach Pool on Sunday. The weekend was a huge success with over $36,000 being raised. RC Karrinyup members Eddy, Mick and Peter collaborated with the team from Scarborough Rotary to contribute to the event. 


My Home Update 2021     

It has been three years in the making and the committee is now coordinating with thirteen Rotary clubs and several other service clubs to bring together the 'My Home' project and Rotary’s pledge to make the house a home. So far $65,000 has been raised. The Rotary Clubs of Karrinyup and Osborne Park collaborated to secure a District grant of $5000. The committee found it a pleasure dealing with the Rotary clubs both 9455 and 9465.

The committee is currently seeking to purchase four tanks to decrease costs. If anyone knows a business that can help, please contact Kay.


Supporting Cahoots 2021     

Community Service Director Mike Murphy introduced the team from Cahoots - Business Development and Philanthropy Manager Kerryn Lambert and Marketing and Fundraising Lead Kaylee Nicholas. Cahoots is a registered NDIS provider, catering to people living with a disability as well as others, who face exceptional challenges, to develop friendships, skills and confidence. It creates inclusive opportunities for those aged five years and over. Cahoots is a recipient of our Community Service funding.


SOS in the CoS     

Several weeks ago, Mick, Sandra, Jane and Tess from the RC Karrinyup community service team set out on a mission to provide some relief from the cold for homeless people in the City of Stirling in the form of additional winter clothing. The aim was to collect a quantity beanies, socks, gloves and small blankets to be distributed by the City of Stirling in backpacks. Being 'People of Action', the team gathered items from work and friends and operated a stall to collect donated items from the local community at the Stirling Farmers Market.


Helping the Salvos 2021     

For many years our Rotary Club has assisted the Salvation Army with the Annual Red Shield Appeal as part of our service to the Community. In previous years a team of volunteers from RC Karrinyup took turns over several days at the collection desk at the shopping centre. This year, however, orgainser Ross Daniel together with Trish Lynch, Ian Mackenzie and Vic Dennis held our own community stall at the Stirling Farmers Market last Sunday. The Salvos provided an EFTPOS machine for cashless donations this year and the morning was very successful taking over $600.

Support for Socks in the City     

Homeless people struggle to find clean dry socks to wear. As a result they can develop trench foot and other problems. The best treatment is prevention and the best prevention is to wear clean dry socks. Inspired by a presentation at the recent Joint Bi District Conference, RC Karrinyup member Sandra McGuire initiated a drive to support the Socks in the City project of the RC Heirisson to supply warm socks to homeless people in Perth. Sandra and her team collected both socks and money at club meetings and at the Stirling Farmers Market over several weeks. The results were amazing!


Karrinyup Community Mens Shed Update October 2020     

Jeff Crookes from the Karrinyup Community Men’s Shed (KCMS), seen here with Ross and Peter, gave us an update on the Shed. This RC Karrinyup's major Community Service project was planned some seven years ago. It has now become a reality and has been flourishing for two years. The RC Karrinyup has provided considerable funding for the establishment of the Shed, which is now self-sufficient on an operational basis and no longer in need of support from RC Karrinyup. This project has been achieved because of Rotary and is an excellent example of Rotary making a difference to people’s lives.


Karrinyup Community Mens Shed Project Complete     

The RC Karrinyup's major Community Service project, the Karrinyup Community Men's Shed, was planned some seven years ago. It has now become a reality and has been flourishing at 6 Jedda Road, Balcatta for two years. The RC Karrinyup has provided considerable funding for the establishment of the Shed, which is now self-sufficient on an operational basis and no longer in need of support from RC Karrinyup. This project has been achieved because of Rotary and is an excellent example of Rotary making a difference to people’s lives.


New Undercover Area at RDA Carine     

Rotary Club of Karrinyup members were proud to attend the opening of a fantastic new undercover arena at RDA Carine. Led by our resident builder Ross and one of our many engineers Stuart, the club was integral in providing the leadership, advice, consultancy and technical expertise to convert RDA's need into a proposal that could be submitted for both approval and funding. Enter the City of Stirling, Lotterywest and AE Hoskins Building Services and the dream has now became a reality. Watch a video of the opening ceremony here.


Foodbank WA Celebrates 25 Years     

On 24 October Peter Polain attended the twenty fifth anniversary celebration of Foodbank in WA. RC Karrinyup has had a long association with Foodbank WA having been involved since its inception. 25 years later, Foodbank WA is still focused on a vision of ending hunger in WA. To help celebrate this special milestone, a history book 'The Giving Pantry' has been released in both hard and soft copy, which may be downloaded free of charge in pdf format.


Other Community Service Projects     

 In addition the club currently supports the following Community Service projects and programs:

Plans for a number of other future projects in the local community are currently underway. 

Michael Chin Humanitarian Award     

The Michael Chin Humanitarian Award was created in 2000 to acknowledge an outstanding individual for their ongoing humanitarian activities in the community. This award recognises individuals, who serve the community and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomises the highest standard of quality and personal commitment.