CAUSES – PROJECTS – PROGRAMS
Rotary says NO to Domestic Violence
Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary is committed to decreasing the incidence of Domestic Violence and Family Abuse, increasing Respectful Relationships of all people in our community, enhancing Wellbeing and Mental Health and Keeping them Safe through the project ‘Ballina Rotary says NO to Domestic Violence’.
Our club started the DV campaign in 2018 to raise awareness, implement educational programs and Support Families escaping Domestic and Family Violence. We organise a Walk against Domestic Violence in Ballina each year, we have one planned for November 2022. We have recently partnered with the police to design and distribute umbrellas into squad cars with the Rotary and NSW & QLD Police logos with a strong advocacy message ‘Say NO to Domestic Violence’.
LOVE BITES IN SCHOOLS
NAPCAN’s ‘Love Bites’ program is a Respectful Relationships Education Program delivered in Primary and High Schools. Students are the key to breaking the cycles of violence in today’s society. Our club member Robyn is the Coordinator for the North Coast and organises the delivery of this program into schools. Our club pays for training of facilitators and resources to run this program.
- Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. It is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness. We are the world’s only developed country with trachoma.
- We are supplying kits to the students and teachers at Pigeon Hole School, NT. Pigeon Hole School is located in the local government area of ‘Walangeri Ngumpinku‘.
- EndTrachoma is an initiative started by the Rotary Club of Melbourne with Nourish our Communities Ltd, working with Rotary Clubs in Districts of Australia. 3,500 Toiletry Kits for 3,500 children in the NT have been supplied by Rotary Clubs.
RECYCLE & REUSE PROGRAM – DONATIONS IN KIND
This program involves the collection of redundant equipment and materials from Region Hospitals & Health Care Institutions along with Schools, businesses and community members.
Items are cleaned, repaired and distributed back into the Community or overseas through Rotary’s Donations in Kind program. Examples of items include school books, walkers, wheel chairs, hospital beds.
We make BIRTHING KITS for our Pacific Neighbours. Birthing Kits are given to mothers through community outreach programs, supplied to health facilities for use by doctors, midwives and nurses or distributed to traditional birthing attendants. They are designed to support hygienic practices and environments during childbirth in under-resourced settings.
Our Recycle and Reuse program assists when natural disasters strike such as fires and floods.
PRIMARY SCHOOL BREKKY CLUB
The brekky Club runs 5 mornings a week at Ballina Primary School. The volunteers cook toast, scrambled eggs, bowls of cereal, etc. Our club members volunteer on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s.
DISTRICT YOUTH PROGRAMS
Our Club support a number of programs including:
- Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). RYPEN is a residential camp that takes place over 2.5 days for students aged between 14-16 (Year 8-10) that focuses on the development of self-concept, relationships, and is designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.
- Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS). RYTS is a transition program with the focus to assist the transition from one area of study into the next phase of life. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp for students who are in the senior years of school (Year 11-12) or who are aged between 17-18 if not within a school system.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). RYLA is a personal, professional development seminar program for young people aged between 19-29. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp. It focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as building self-awareness of mental health and well-being, knowledge of a sense of community and a sense of belonging.
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE & AWARENESS
Our Club has supported Rotary’s International and local youth programs for 37 years.
- Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP). YEP provides opportunity for long and short-term international exchange with another country for students 15 to 17 years old to immerse themselves in another culture, learn a new language, and develop their skills as leaders and global citizens. Students are hosted by a local Rotary club, attend school in their host country for up to a full academic year, and stay with one or more host families for that period.
- Rotary Virtual Youth Exchange. Provides the opportunity to be paired with a student and their family abroad for a virtual Rotary Youth Exchange Program for between 8-12 weeks. Participants will get an insight into the life and culture of a student living in another country from the comfort and safety of their own home.
- Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). For teams of Year 11-12 students, MUNA is a one day event that encourages them to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self-confidence in public speaking.
- National Youth Science Forum. NYSF is a not-for-profit organization which offers a variety of immersive and transformative youth-led experiences promoting science and science-related areas. The programs are conducted for students entering Year 12 in January each year.
INTERACT CLUB – Ballina Coast High School
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Our club charted the first Interact club in Ballina in 2021. The Interact Club of Ballina Coast High School has over 25 members.
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