Rotary Australia World Community Service Limited (RAWCS) is the flagship through which Australian Rotarians and Rotary Clubs deliver humanitarian aid.
RAWCS understands how to manage and deliver humanitarian aid and has clear policies, uncomplicated procedures and is fully accountable. The Board of RAWCS is responsible to ensure the company complies with Australian law, maintains Rotary’s high ideals and turns the humanitarian aspirations of Rotarians into reality.
Thousands of people have donated thousands of hours of their time and millions of dollars to assist people they will likely never meet or know, in places they have never heard of let alone visited. RAWCS is proud to be able to make this happen.
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RAWCS assists Rotary Clubs deliver humanitarian aid by providing full project management services and administrative systems to ensure each club project achieves its goal. RAWCS provides
• assistance to design, plan and implement projects
• project management and accounting
• tax deductibility for donations
• volunteer organisation, insurance and online registration
• social media coverage on the progress of a project
RAWCS enables Rotary Clubs to undertake sustainable development and relief work overseas and to support people in need in Australia. RAWCS operates three funds which allow Rotarians, companies and the public to access tax deductibility for their donations. RAWCS activities are delivered through:
1. Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF)
RAOAF allows RAWCS to undertake projects in developing countries, as identified by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
• RAOAF - using volunteer teams working overseas and providing funds for overseas projects
• DONATIONS IN KIND (DIK)- collecting and transporting surplus goods from Australia to where they are needed overseas
• ROTARIANS AGAINST MALARIA (RAM)- provision and distribution of bed nets and other materials to prevent the spread of malaria
2. Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) - RABS is a Public Benevolent Fund to register projects within Australia to enable Rotary Clubs and District to provide assistance to people in need within their local or wider community
3. Developed Country Disaster Relief Fund (DCDR) - DCDF is a Public Benevolent Fund to respond with cash donations to disasters that occur in developed countries. It is administered by a committee within Australia and a committee from a Rotary Club or District in the country where the disaster occurs.
Register a project
All RAWCS projects must be sponsored by an Australian Rotary Club or District and wherever possible endorsed or partnered with a Rotary Club or District overseas. The only exception are RABS projects that are local and are sponsored and administered by the same Rotary Club or District.