Category Archives: Public Relations

My Community Radio Journey: A Chat with Hui Lin Tan

Hui Lin Tan is an organisational psychologist who works  in the Western Australian local government sector. Hui Lin is also a dedicated and passionate Mandarin and English language broadcaster, who believes in the power of giving back to her community and encourages others to reap the benefits of volunteering.

Community radio has a vital role to play in the maintenance of local social networks amongst common interest groups, and provides an important platform for the airing of community concerns. Local community stations also provide a springboard for emerging artists to share their stories.

Listen to Hui Lin’s story here:

Tony Devitt: Rotary District 9465 Albany Conference 2015

Tony Devitt is the Rotary District 9465 Conference Chair.  In this interview, Tony explains his role and outlines what Albany Conference 2015 will offer Rotarians, Rotaractors and partners. The conference is also being pitched as a public event, with content designed for a broad audience, including local residents.

Find out more about the Rotary District 9465 Conference in Albany here. #9465con15


Rotary to Fund Acquired Brain Injury Research

Southern Districts Rotary Directors Don King (rear) and John Simpson with Professor Lyn Beazley & Dr Penny Flett

Southern Districts Rotary Directors Don King (rear) and John Simpson with Professor Lyn Beazley & Dr Penny Flett

The Rotary Club of Southern Districts has contributed $50,000 towards establishing the Lyn Beazley PhD Scholarship, which will fund a PhD student to conduct research at the Brightwater Care Group, Oats Street, Acquired Brain Injury facility.

Rotary Southern Districts Director John Simpson confirmed the donation at the official opening of the newly completed Oats Street  residential transition accommodation on 7 August 2014

Fiona Allenson, a PhD Scholar at the  University of WA, has been appointed to undertake research at the Oats St facility.  Fiona will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Southern Districts meeting on Tuesday 11 November 2014.  Southern Districts is delighted that Professor Beazley will also be in attendance on 11 November.

The Lyn Beazley PhD Scholarship was established with a $50,000 contribution from Professor Beazley and the $50,000 donated by Southern Districts Rotary.   UWA is contributing the wages for the scholar so the Foundation is not drawing on the principal.  Another $150,000 has been raised from the Corporate sector so the Foundation is off to a good start.

Well done members of Southern Districts Rotary for your hard work in raising funds for this vital research.


The Ride to the Other Side Team with RI President 2013-14 Ron Burton at Sydney Convention

The Ride team with RI President Ron


The District Service Award was created to recognize Rotarians’
efforts to serve humanity and work towards world understanding
and peace through Foundation programs.  Ten club projects were recognized by way of these awards for the 2013-14 Rotary year.


Awardee: Craig Alford – Armadale Rotary Club

Craig Alford is driving a Hustler Super Z ride-on lawn mower around Australia to benefit charity. In 2012, he drove from Perth to
Kalgoorlie. In February 2013 he drove from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide
arriving at the Clipsal 500 motor race! In May 2014 the Ride left
Adelaide for Sydney and the Rotary International Convention, via
Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra! Craig is assisted by a group of
supporters. In 2014, the Ride benefits Australian Rotary Health’s
Mental Illness Research Program , Rotary Foundation’s End Polio
Now Program and the EJ Whitten Foundation for prostate cancer
awareness and research.

Cross-Continent Lawnmower Ride for Polio Eradication from Rotary International on Vimeo.



Awardee: Ron Mildenhall – Kenwick Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Kenwick Climb For A Smile fundraiser at Brookfields tower at 108 St Georges Terrace, Perth was a huge success surpassing all expectations and raising over $70,000 for Rotary causes.  The fundraiser supports End Polio Now, Interplast, Romac,and the The Smith Family West Australia.


Awardee:  Genevieve Carr – Kwinana Rotary Club

Genevieve organized a district wide Swimathon to raise money for Polio Plus .The event is a sponsored swim
organised by Rotarians to raise money and awareness for End Polio Now, organised by the Kwinana Rotary
Club together with other clubs worldwide in February each year.

Awardee: Brian Guest – Kenwick Rotary Club

Brian organized a district wide fund-raiser for Polio Plus which raised $2250.00.  Rotarians and partners from many clubs attended the film MONUMENTS MEN at the Carousel Hoyts Cinema.
The film was fantastic and we had a sell-out crowd in attendance.


Awardee: Jodie Sparks – Ascot Rotary Club

Jodie organized a high tea held at the Rotary Hall Sandgate Street South Perth to raise funds for foundation.  This was a great sell-out event which raised $1297.00 for Polio Plus.


Awardee: Raymond Heather – Armadale Rotary Club

The objective of the grant is to provide a clean, reliable year, year round water supply to residents of the Sibolong hamlet. Currently during the dry season the water supply is unreliable resulting in residents having to walk to a small spring to bathe and wash clothes. The project will deliver potable water to the homes of the villagers and eliminate the need to walk and take turns at the water source for bathing and washing of clothes. All members of the hamlet, approximately 750 men, women and children will directly benefit from the project.   This Global Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $11330 USD and a total budget of $36805USD.


Awardee: John Gray – South Bunbury Rotary Club

The project objective is to install water filtration systems in 17
schools in Lebanon that lack clean water, and whose current water
installations are old and rusted, which constitutes a health hazard
for the school children. The main beneficiaries are the school
children at the schools as well as faculty members and staff. Clean
water is essential to protect the children from many diseases
such as diarrhea, eye and skin problems, affecting children’s
growth and education. We believe that every children, rich or
poor, should have access to clean water. This will be beneficial to
the community at large, since this will reduce absenteeism and
sicknesses, as well as improve the learning ability of the students,
and reduce the medical bill on the community.   This Global grant project has a District DDF contribution of $10000USD and a total budget of $44220 USD.


Awardee: Max Bird – Kwinana Rotary Club

The project will provide potable water supply to four Timor-Leste communities. The project will involve four villages of approximately 400 families per village (minimum of four persons per family) gives an estimated direct benefit to six thousand five hundred persons. The villages are Laga;Nuniro; Salari; Rubila.  The inhabitants will be responsible for the maintenance of the project once it is completed
This Global Grant Project has a District DDF contribution of $10000 USD and a total budget of $39048 USD.


Awardee: Bob Phipps – Kenwick Rotary Club

To purchase reading books for years 1 , 2 and 3 primary students in Indonesia. Bob and his wife Kay have visited at their own expense the schools for which the books were purchased .Research by the Rotary Club of Bali Lovina indicated the need for appropriate books to assist students to learn to read Indonesian. After a trial three years ago the club is now committed to supplying these age appropriate resources to schools in the northern Bali area.
This District Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $4000 USD.


Awardee: Barry Mendaliwitz – Applecross Rotary Club

To create and fit out a new birthing room at the Clinic Cafe in Letefoho, Timore Leste.  This District Grant project has a District DDF contribution of $4200 USD