International Service

Rotary channel our commitment to service at home and abroad  through five Avenues of Service, whibuild2ch are the foundation of club activity. One of these is International Service which exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

The International Service Director is responsible to the District Governor for supervising the International Service sub-committees in their endeavour to assist Clubs in supporting a wide range of projects in various parts of the world.

DIRECTOR: PAG Dale Luck  [South Launceston  ]

This page summarises our involvement.  More details and updates on further pages.


Overseas Disasters

We currently have appeals for three overseas disasters.

Nepal Earthquake
Vanuatu Cyclone
Fiji Cyclone

Details of these  appeals are available on our Current Appeals page 

While Rotary Clubs in Tasmania support projects in many countries projects in Nepal have been  emphasised in the period 2014 – 2016.

Projects in Nepal


Among other tasks this  committee is involved with organizing  trips to visit our Nepal projects

Chair PP Winston Quaile    (M) 0418 125 245  Launceston West
PP Satish Kumar         Wynyard
             PDG Kevin Shadbolt    Latrobe


This committee is overseeing the spending of money from our Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal

PDG Bruce Buxton                Devonport North
PDG Ken Moore                   Burnie
PDG Kevin Shadbolt            Latrobe


Gift of Sight Eye Camp

46 patients awaiting the removal of bandages following cataract surgery Hetauda” They came – most partially blind, some totally blind; but with hardly an exception they  departed with vision restored”

This was our first project and provides cataract surgery conducted by the Rotary Club of Hetauda in November and February each year and our District has welcomed the opportunity to provide the necessary funding.

A global grant has purchased Laser equipment for the eye hospital which will provide retina treatment locally instead of a 7 hour trip to Kathmandu

Handikhola Water Project

NepalWaterFeb16wIn 2012 Anne and Kevin Shadbolt  were invited to attended a meeting of the Handikhola Womens Committee.  It was then that the women expressed their displeasure at having to walk up to 3 hour each day for 7 months of the year to bring clean water to their homes.

Members of the Rotary Club of Hetauda left the meeting to plan a water project for the village.  They engaged water engineers from RADO (Rural Awareness Development Organisation) who did an excellent job in drawing up the scheme.

Rotary Tasmania applied for a Global Grant to fund the project, several  clubs in District 9830 contributed and  a number of clubs in   District 7820 Nova Scotia gave support.

The Project was officially opened by PDG Kevin Shadbolt when a group from Tasmania visited Nepal in February 2016. More....

Uterine Prolapse

Our District has been successful in gaining funding of US$18,264 from the Rotary Foundation under the old Matching Grant scheme with the Rotary Club of Kopundol District 3292O to help provide screening camps, publicity, transportation, surgeries and medical equipment for women suffering from uterine prolapse in the western part of Nepal.

Rheumatic Heart Disease

The District Governor in Nepal has put forward a project aimed at preventing children developing Rheumatic Heart Disease, 2000 die and  many suffer heart  disease each year.

Shrijana Primary School Support Project

The Rotary Club of Hetauda in Nepal has for some time supported a small primary school in a very poor area of their city.  District 9830, Tasmania funded an additional two classrooms, an office and store providing the $27 000 needed to undertake this project.

Click here for more details of our Nepal projects.

Food Plant Solutions

Every country has forgotten or under utilised food plants, some of which are rich in key nutrients that may be missing from the diet. Food Plant Solutions helps local communities in developing countries to better understand and value these traditional food plants as a way to combat hunger and malnutrition and achieve sustainable food security.

Food Plant Solutions (formerly Learn Grow) provides solutions to malnutrition and food security throughout the developing world.

It is the first and only Rotary Action Group to be established and based in our district and one are proud of and keen to support. Rotarians can support this unique and globally significant project by:

  • Having one member in each club becoming a member of Food Plant Solutions,
  • By being active as volunteers
  • Through much needed donations.


View the Food Plant Solutions video presentation.

Check their web site

Read their latest newsletter

Project Administrator –  Karalyn Hingston      [ Devonport North]

CHAIR: PDG Una Hobday [Hobart]

Committee –
PP John Phillips                                Devonport North
Rtn Rick Campbell                           Devonport North
Pres  Kevin Matthews                      Devonport North
Rtn Kath Downie                             Ulverstone
John McPhee, Bruce French & Paula Febey


rawcsThe D9830 RAWCS Committee assists Rotary Clubs to develop, register and manage world community service projects according to RAWCS guidelines.

Chair: Rtn Jillian Freeman                (Hobart)   0419 276 556

Committee:     PDG Lew Pretorius         Central Launceston
                         IPDG  John Dare            Deloraine

Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) assist Rotary Clubs develop and manage National and World Wide community service projects.  Australian Rotarians participate in activities to improve the lives and living conditions of others and to promote international understanding and goodwill.build14

Volunteers are the lifeblood of RAWCS Projects. Being a RAWCS Volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life; you can make new friends in other countries and you will form very close bonds with your team members. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to register their projects with RAWCS.



Donations in Kind (DIK)




This recycling and reuse program involves the collection, sorting, packing, dispatch and distribution of donated items to countries in need of these goods.



Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) 


Impregnated anti-malaria bed netting.


Supports anti-malaria projects in selected countries In the Asia/Pacific region, particularly Solomons, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste..




District RAM representative (south) PE Jenny Kerrison (North Hobart)
(M) 0400 769 632

District RAM representative (north): PP Craig Stringer (Georgetown)
 (M)  0409 319 607




RAWCS has established the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts within Australia to respond to needs within their own communities and to gain tax deductibility for donations made to their particular project.

RABS is a public benevolent institution (PBI) with full Australian Taxation Office certification. RABS Projects can be registered by Australian Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts and a Rotary Club can only register one RABS project at a time.

Chair             PP Becc Gibson    (M) 0417 555 528             Bellerive
                                IPDG John Dare                                   Deloraine
                                PAG Mike Whitehouse                         Kingston



Interplast is one of our best kept humanitarian secrets. It is a collaboration between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Rotary. Interplast works to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities that can be treated surgically e.g. cleft lip and palate and burn scar contracture. With the assistance of Rotary, Interplast dispatches teams of fully qualified Australian and New Zealand
volunteer plastic and recophoto8ynstruction surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to provide free surgical treatments to patients; treatments
that would otherwise be unaffordable.


Karen Badcock writes….

“In September 2016 I was fortunate enough to accompany an Interplast surgical team to Apia, Samoa, and witnessed firsthand the wonderful work that Interplast does.
I was able to go as an observer on this trip because this year our Rotary district, 9830, handed $44,000 to Interplast to fund a program in the Solomon Islands. This money has been raised over several years by Rotarians who believe in making the world a better place.
The team I accompanied gave their time free of charge and I witnessed the amazing kindness and talent of the surgeons, anaesthetist, nurses and hand therapist and the professional training and respect that they gave to local medical personnel.
After five busy days I returned home with the task of spreading the story of Interplast and how approximately $1000 per operation can make the life of its recipients unimaginably improved.
I would ask all clubs to consider making a donation to our District Treasurer, to be held as Interplast funds.
I am available to speak to clubs about my experience and to tell you of the results of Rotary’s donation to Interplast.”
Karen Badcock (Rotary Club of Salamanca)

For more information about Interplast,   contact

Chair:     PP Lou Mason  (M) 0417 509 098                       Tamar Sunrise

Karen Badcock                 Salamanca
Mary Dwyer                      Hobart
PP Paul Hanson              Central Launceston

Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)

ROMAC provides medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.

CHAIR: P Jill Sward Kingston  (M) 0437 176 654

April 2015 Fund raising letter  download pdf

ROMAC Australia website

Facebook Page

Rotary Friendship Exchange / Mission

Promotes and organises international exchanges for Rotarians and their partners with other Rotary districts in different countries.

Check the current program

CHAIR: PAG Lesley Dare [Deloraine]  (M) 0439 931 990

Rtn Paul Billett South Launceston
Rtn Judy Billett South Launceston
Rtn Peter Chalk Devonport North
AG Richard Horswill Lindisfarne
PP Margaret Gabbedy Somerset
PP Rod Oliver Launceston
Rtn Adrian Wood Central Launceston



Facilitates humanitarian aid program to allow children and members of the community to be involved in providing aid to the less fortunate.

District Coordinator: PP Terry Lobban [Lyn] Bellerive [H] 6244 5605 [M] 0419 100 945



See also Rotary Foundation

Summary sheet – Opportunities for Service 2013 pdf

Updated November 27  2016