About Us

About us and festival fundraising

The Rotary Eltham Festival is an annual event brought to you by the Rotary Club of Eltham working in partnership with the Shire of Nillumbik and with the support of many local businesses and supporters. Funds raised at the festival  have been used to address many local community and youth needs and support our international projects.

In 2018-19, the Rotary Club of Eltham

  • completed in excess of 3,000 hours of volunteer service
  • supported over 80 different community groups, individuals and/or Rotary projects either financially or in-kind, including partnering with others to access grants
  • donated $109,000 in support of a range of local and international projects.

Funds were raised by various activities as well as at the Eltham Festival including our weekly BBQ at Eltham Lower Park, other BBQs, fundraising dinners and events and donations/sponsorships.

These funds were used in the following ways:

Local Projects

  • Community and Volunteers of Eltham (CAVE) scholarships for students in need
  • Christmas hampers for families in need via the Lions Wishing Tree Appeal
  • support to local people with disabilities
  • support to local young families in need via Big Group Hug
  • provision of AV equipment at Old Colonists Association of Victoria, Leith Park Village
  • support for mobility of Eltham Retirement Village residents by registration and insurance of residents’ bus, now managed by Eltham Men’s Shed
  • co-ordination of the Anzac Day Dawn Service in partnership with Montmorency Eltham RSL
  • construction of Butterfly Cottage cubby house, in the playground at Eltham Lower Park in partnership with the Shire of Nillumbik and The Rotary Foundation
  • support to Next Step Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre and specific support to a local young man’s spinal injury rehabilitation at the Centre
  • Guide Dogs Victoria for puppy training
  • support to WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) through the David McFarlane Memorial scholarship to local student completing PhD research at WEHI
  • research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder via Australian Rotary Health
  • support to Royal Children’s Hospital neo-natal unit
  • donation to FunFlight to enable children with medical conditions to experience the joys of flying
  • “Buy a Bale” project for drought-affected farmers
  • donation to Gippsland Jersey to support dairy farmers impacted by mental health issues

Projects supporting Young People

  • sponsorship of local students under Operation Newstart;
  • support to Diamond Valley Learning Centre VET program
  • provision of funding to healthAbility to run a parent support program
  • continued participation in Overseas Youth Exchange program with Montmorency Secondary College
  • provision of camps and enrichment opportunities for local youth including National Youth Science Forum, Lady Somers Camp, and Rotary Youth leadership award
  • sponsorship of Interact Clubs at Montmorency Secondary College and St Helena College
  • support to Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley

International Projects

  • provision of life saving Aquaboxes –  disaster response water purification systems for use in Asia Pacific region
  • support to Interact Club of Diamond Valley in its Wheelchair for Kids fundraising Wheelathon
  • partnership with Rotary Club of Hout Bay South Africa to sponsor a breakfast program for pre-school children from impoverished families
  • donation to Scabies vaccination program in Fiji
  • donation to Days for Girls female hygiene project in developing countries
  • partnership with Global Action Nepal and Aussie Aid Abroad in the construction of a training facility in Nepal.