Rotary D3450 Group Study Exchange 2012-13 from district 3450 hong kong/macao/mongolia to district 9640 QLD/NSW australia

D9640 Rotary Club of Surfers Paradise
Surfers Sunrise is a morning club meeting at The Southport Yacht Club on its verandah. Sometimes dolphins swim into the marina & can be only a matter of six meters away from where we sit. We meet at 7.00 for 7.15am & finish at 8.30am every week.
It is one of three clubs that is still an all male club. This will change. It is only a matter of time as our membership base ages. There has already been discussion on opening up membership which stands at 36 & has been going for over 25 years.
Our main project for which we are known is for making wheelchairs for third world country youth. Please visit our website We have constructed & sent over 6,500 chairs in 13 years. We make them out of bicycle parts for $100 each. Every cent raised for wheelchairs is spent on our wheelchairs.
Our next signature project is the recently completed House of Hope in Samoa. It is worth over $500,000 & was completed last year to house children. It was built in our factory where we make our wheelchairs & shipped over to Samoa. A team of Rotarians went over to construct it. This is similar to what we did two years before that when we built a school in Samoa, & before that a classroom in Thailand.
Locally, our club runs RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) a one day program on making youth conscious of driver awareness. It is for year elevens & last year we had eight schools participate. We were ably assisted by rotary clubs in our cluster.

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