Whether you’re searching for a pre-loved or hand-crafted gem, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is synonymous for uncovering unique items but many of its devotees may not know how far their donations go to help communities.
The sound of gold coins as they rattle in the Rotary volunteer’s tins sets the scene for the Melbourne tradition of looking for treasure in the converted car park on Sundays.
The generosity of market fans continues to make a difference to thousands of families and people both locally and internationally.
A gold coin donation when you enter the market is a small ask, but when you consider that each year the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market hosts more than 250,000 locals, tourists, thrift shoppers, collectors and bargain hunters, it adds up.
Since 1976, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market has raised more than $16 million for many different causes.
The local community benefits from the generosity of patrons, through the Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants program, which supports 80 – 90 local community service projects annually.
Other causes that receive support include the Box Hill Miniature Railway, Camcare, Fareshare, Autism Centre, Cerebral Palsy Education Project, community housing and Violence Free Families.
Your gold coin donation has a far greater reach with Rotary International projects, including those that support Timor Leste, New Zealand Earthquake rebuilding, Nepal earthquake relief, a dental health project in Vietnam, artificial limbs for kids in the Congo, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
- Thanks from Navakawau Primary Kids
Sun 9th Feb
Kids from Navakawau Primary send a big vinaka (thank you) to members of Rotary Club of Balwyn. Remote Island schools either don’t have any electricity at all or they have a decent generator that runs for a couple hours during the day and a couple of hours during the evening for the teachers. Balwyn Rotary funded a solar system that gives the school 24-hour power and that means these kids can step into a modern education. The money that is saved on diesel creates decades of cash flow to buy the computers and the other electronic resources for the school and will also save heaps and heaps of carbon dioxide. The school has 165 students, 9 teachers, 8 teachers’ quarters. The school sustained significant cyclone damage and much of the school has been rebuilt repaired with very strong replacements – completed mid 2019. It's Time Foundation
- California Rotary sends masks for fire fighters
Sat 11th Jan
Donations in Kind (DIK) received, unloaded and temporarily stored an amazing gift from a Rotary Club in California of 24 pallets of medically certified respirators/masks for fire fighters. Qantas flew them from Los Angeles to Melbourne free of charge and they will be distributed as needed. We have no idea of the number of masks or their value, but it is huge. Donations in Kind
- Truckloads of medical supplies for injured wildlife
Sat 11th Jan
Donation is Kind (DIK) agreed to provide, at short notice, “medical” equipment for treating wildlife injured in the horrendous bushfires in Victoria. The State Government had announced that many veterinarians were available from the Department of Agriculture to do this work. DIK was overstocked with suitable equipment, donated from hospitals as past its “best before” date but brand new and intended for shipment to third world countries. It was re-packaged on the day, mostly by members of the new Rotary Club of Melbourne passport Club in packs specified by a Rotarian veterinarian with good connections to the Department of Agriculture. The result was two truckloads of such equipment, shipped from DIK on Thursday to the Department of Agriculture, to be distributed to its veterinarians around Victoria. Donations in Kind