Club Projects

Below is a list of the main projects for our Club.

St Judes School

St JudesBrisbane High Rise held a dinner on 13 April 2016 to help raise funds to supply solar panels for the St Judes Usa River accommodation campus.  Currently students have access to cold water only: Arusha is situated at the base of Mt Meru which is snow covered for much of the year. The water is therefore very cold. Each heater unit costs U$2,500 and the dinner raised over $35k towards their purchase.

Click here to see more about St Judes (and clips from the dinner) on the recent 60 Minutes story.


Art Spectacular 13 May 2017 to 19 May 2017

ART SPECTACULARAs well as the Rotary Art Spectacular being a showcase for artists, it’s also an opportunity for Rotary to raise funds for charities. This year the charity beneficiaries are AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism, and various charity projects of the three Rotary Clubs, members of which work together each year to make this event a success. The three Rotary Clubs are Brisbane High-Rise, Hamilton and Stones Corner.

The Art Spectacular  is being held at Central Plaza One from 13 May 2017 to 19 May 2017. The Opening Night cocktail party is on 16 May 2017.

The Maheno Hospital Ship ANZAC Centenary

maheno bw The New Zealand Hospital Ship Maheno collected both Australians and New Zealanders from Anzac beach in 1915. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli and for the duration of WW1 the Maheno collected the wounded of all nationalities from the major battle fields of France and transported them to Britain where they could get the care needed. So many owe their lives to the dedication and efforts of the medical teams and the hospital ships including the Maheno. The proud wreck of the NZ Hospital ship Maheno has been resting on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, Queensland, since 1935. The Rotary Club of Brisbane High-Rise has organised a number of events in recognition of the Centenary of the first World War and ANZAC.

You can download more information on the Maheno Project (PDF) from the link below.
Rotary ANZAC memorial 2017 project overview

Also see the New Zeand Government's WW100 site for a feature on our Maheno Project:


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SS Maheno Ship's Bell Replica - Fund Raising Appeal

APFS The original bell from the SS Maheno has been brought to Queensland from New Zealand accompanied by students from the Maheno School, the proud custodians of the bell.

As the passage of time and the ocean slowly claims the wreck of the Maheno, the ship's bell is a permanent reminder of the contribution of the hospital ship and those who were on her.

Please support production of a replica of the original ship's bell to be cast in Queensland by a fourth generation family business that was started in 1918 by a soldier after he returned from WW1.
This is to be presented to the Queensland Maritime Museum as a lasting symbol of this historically significant ship.

Make a tax deductable donation now! Payable to the Queensland Maritime Museum via the Rotary Club of Brisbane High - Rise.


The Albert Park Flexi School (APFS)

APFSThe APFS is an alternative education centre for students who are unable to attend a mainstream high school. There are various reasons why students may be unable to attend a mainstream high school. Some reasons include: exclusion from school, school/family difficulties, substance abuse, absence from school for a long time because of illness, pregnancy, moving or they may just have special needs.

The APFS provides a supportive environment in which each student works at their own pace. This requires the students to accept responsibility for their learning. Through a co-ordinated approach the school provides academic, social, emotional and physical support to young people aged between 14 years and 9 months and 19 years.

In May 2006, our Club officially committed to establishing a long-term partnership with the APFS. Our partnership activities include:
Regular working bees: These provide the type of support that a P&C would provide to a mainstream school but which the APFS does not enjoy as most of the students are disconnected from their families.
Bursary: Establishment of a bursary program to support promising students. Bursaries are awarded at the end of each semester.

The Rotary Foundation

ROTARY FOUNDATIONOur Club actively supports The Rotary Foundation - Rotary's own charity. In previous years, our Club actively participated in the Foundation's Pancakes for Polio campaign through a series of events including business breakfasts, lunchtime sausage sizzles and private family breakfasts.

The Rotary Foundation

Papua New Guinea

Papua New GuineaOur Club has provided financial support for improvement works at the Kuriva District School, Papua New Guinea. Kuriva is an impoverished rural area with much of the local housing in the village being built from traditional materials.

The Rotary Club of Boroko is also supporting this project. Together with donations of desks, books and consumables from Donations in Kind (DIK) containers, the project will result in a major improvement to the school.

Rotary Youth Programs

ROTARY YOUTH PROGRAMSRotary International has a range of youth programs in which our Club enthusiastically participates. These include:

Student Exchange
Over the years our Club has welcomed several overseas students, for example Jonna Svahn, from Sweden, and supported her exchange in Brisbane. Her host family and Counsellor, who are members of the club, together with other members ensured Jonna experienced a wide range of cultural, social and recreational activities. This was in addition to her school and Rotary commitments.
Our club also sponsor, Michael Trotter, an outbound exchange student to Sweden in January 2007. Upon his return to Australia Michael reported his journey to be an invaluable educational and personal experience.
Other Youth Programs
Each year our Club actively supports and sponsors the participation of young people in other Rotary youth programs such as RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) and the National Youth Science Forum.

RYLA RYPEN National Youth Science Forum

Local Community Service Events

In addition to specific Rotary International and Club projects, our Club also provides volunteer support to a range of local community service events. These include: Clean Up Australia Campaign and the Smith Family Christmas Appeal.


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