Bushfire Relief Appeal

Rotary Queensland Bushfire Relief Appeal

Rotarians and Friends

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen the start of one of the potentially worst Bushfire Seasons ever in our Rotary District and surrounding areas of the state.

Some of our members have been affected though fortunately at this stage minimal damage and no loss of life. Our communities have not been as lucky.

I know many of our Rotarians, their families and our clubs are supporting front-line emergency staff and also looking to support the personal in the evacuation centres. In Stanthorpe as I was working at the Divisional Command Staging Area, a group of Stanthorpe Rotarians came up and asked how they could help. They had already assisted at the evacuation centre.  It was heart-warming to know I am part of such a caring and supportive organisation that works so strongly for the community. 

In conjunction with the District Governors from our Queensland districts we are linking together to ensure we support the clubs in the affected areas and also to find out what is actually needed so that only the required assistance is given. The Clubs and Assistant Governors in these areas have been asked to come through their District if help is needed and all the DGs have promised on your behalf that we will be there. I know we will all do what we can for our Rotary Family and our communities.

We also requested assistance from RAWCS to set up a Relief Fund for the Bushfire Victims and Communities. And the RAWCS President, Treasurer and Project Manager have responded by quickly setting up our Relief Project. This gives total Tax Deductibility effect to any donation to the Fund. It also eliminates any administration fees being charged. We thank the RAWCS executive for offering to do this.

By going to the RAWCS website anyone can donate to:

Queensland Bushfire Relief Project (RARF) with number 19-2019-20 - through this

Tax Deductible Donation Link 

  • The appeal will be titled “Queensland Bushfire Appeal”
  • It will relate only to the affected Rotary Districts of Queensland including any parts of our districts that are in NSW or NT
  • The project is live now on the RAWCS website and is accepting donations
  • RAWCS hasa quick donate button on the RAWCS home page.

The project will be managed as a RABS project for distribution and coordinated by the Queensland Bushfires Distribution Committee chaired by DG Darryl Iseppi with DGE Neil Black as Deputy and includes myself and other representatives for all Districts connected to Queensland that have or will be affected by the Bushfires. Distribution will be to individuals, families and communities affected by the Bushfires.

Please advertise the appeal widely. We will let you know as soon as further details in regard to distribution are available.  If you have any questions, please email: D9630QueenslandBushfireReliefProject@outlook.com

My sincere thanks for your support.



Ros Kelly

D9630 District Governor 2019-2020

0429 388 033


Rotary Club of Woolloongabba