2009 - Current - Annual
Manly Fun Run & Walk

The Manly Fun Run and Walk is an annual event supported by Northern Beaches Council, Police, and a range of local community and private organisations. It involves a 10k, 5k, and 2k run and walk in and around Manly.

All money generated is donated to local community, national, or international organisations or people who need support.

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Manly Trivia Trail

Set over a walking trail around Manly, teams are given clues to find strategically placed QR codes before moving on to the next one. It's a bucket load of fun!

We successfully ran a proof of concept in April 2021 and are currently working on a Trivia Trail that can run all year round!

All money generated is donated to local community, national, or international organisations or people who need support.

Wantaim PNG's Manus COVID-Soap Initiative

Soap deliveries to every single household in Manus. The soap supports more frequent hand washing as a preventative measure against the COVID virus by the largely subsistence population of 72,000+ people who largely regard soap as a luxury purchase.

The Australian Government's assistance with freight was combined with with funding from Wantaim PNG Inc and 9 Rotary Clubs (PNG, NSW and Qld) to make this possible.

2018 - Current
Wantaim PNG Sanitation Project

An initial trial program led by member Lynne Shori to provide the first composting toilets to Rambustso Is.

The project was so successful it is being expanded to cover many islands in the area before possible expansion to PNG mainland with possible support from the PNG government and DFAT.

Lifeline Northern Beaches

The lease on a truck Lifeline was using to collect donated clothing, books and accessories was due to expire and the vehicle itself sold.

After being made aware of this situation, the Rotary Club of Manly paid out the lease on behalf of Lifeline Northern Beaches who subsequently allowed the Rotary branding to be prominently displayed on their vehicle.


Leadership project targeted for students who need encouragement to achieve their potential.

MUNA model United Nations

A model United Nations where students represent countries and debate matters of international importance.

Science camp

Students attend a residential camp in Canberra and are involved in advanced interaction with scientific organisations.


Ryla is a scholarship which trains our young people for leadership roles. It is a week-long residential camp for ages 18 to 26. The participants are selected by their employers and Manly Rotary Youth Committee.

The results have been outstanding and these young people have praised the program and the life-changing effect on their lives.

Stand Tall Camp and Annual Event

Nominated students attended a Stand Tall camp in the Manly area to actively participate in a program which enhances self-esteem and resilience. Rotary of Manly donated $20,000 in support and also organised local businesses to donate food for the camp. Club members cooked and served the food. In addition, volunteers from Rotary of Manly attended the Stand Tall event which hosted over 6 000 students at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

The program included entertainment and presentations from inspirational people to encourage students to overcome adversity and move forward.

Annual since 1980
Blackmore Christmas Hamper

The Blackmore Christmas hamper program is intended to provide a Christmas meal to area families in need. The Blackmore Institute covers the cost of the hamper contents, provide packing facilities, and organises delivery. A large team of Rotarians volunteer to do the actual packing. The hamper usually contains spiced ham, plum pudding, mince pies, shortbread fingers, tea bags, peach slices, sweet corn, lollies, long life milk, mixed nuts, Blackmore shampoo, and Blackmore Vitamin E lotion.

Approximately 20 charities are able to disburse these hampers to provide a Christmas dinner to local needy people.

Annual since 2010
Police Legacy Donation

For over ten years Police Officers from the Northern Beaches have assisted us in the organisation and logistics of conducting our annual Fun Run and Walk. Their help in the provision of Police Officers and vehicles on the day of the event is invaluable to us.

It’s excellent to be able to collaborate with the Police and over the years we have supported the Police Legacy Charity with a donation of $3000 each year the Fun Run has been conducted.

Generator and fencing for the Braidwood family

Support for a family in need after the Bushfires and who have a parent and sibling with ongoing medical needs.

Wheels for Rotary Raffle Draw

"Rotary Club of Manly kindly and professionally assisted in handling the funds raised by an online raffle “Wheels for Rotary” to raise funds for local Manly boy with Cerebral Palsy and his custom designed van giving him independence to manoeuvre himself in and out of a vehicle. The $5000 prize pool consisted of the ultimate Manly experience generously donate by the Manly business community. The raffle raised almost $8000 via social media marketing.

Thank you Manly Rotary!"

Mel Long

SES training equipment

A team of volunteers from SES have helped us for several years with our Fun Run event. As a thank you, our club donated $2000 so that the SES could purchase much needed training IT and AV equipment.

Government support does not cover all their needs and we were pleased to be able to help.

Umoja Orphanage

The Umoja Orphanage in Kenya was founded by a Rotary member from Bundaberg, Cathy Booth. The success of the facility is largely due to Rotary support and grants. Presently there are 13 children in the orphanage, aged 2 months to 12 years. It is self-sustainable through farming and livestock. The majority of food grown is for the children and the remainder is sold to local businesses.

Rotary of Manly donated $6,000, followed by another donation to build and maintain a greenhouse for the production of tomatoes.

Umoja Orphanage

In July 2018 one of our Club members held a "charity lunch" at their home to raise funds to send to the Umoja Orphanage in Ukunda, Kenya. The lunch was fun and a great success with most of our Manly Rotary club members and their partners attending as well as friends and relatives. We held a silent auction and an auction of other items of interest. Our then President did a wonderful job in raising almost $1,000 for an original watercolour painted by a family member.

In total the sum of $3242 was raised and a matching Grant from Rotary District enabled us to send a donation to the Orphanage of $6,000.


Bushlink is a project which helps disabled teenagers and young adults acquire skills in plant propagation and bush regeneration. They focus on sustainability in all their projects.

Rotary’s financial contributions were used to construct and install irrigated plant propagation containers for use in local schools.

Grass Skirt Sports Project

Tahina Booth founded this organisation in 2017. Manly Rotary members collected sporting goods, equipment and sporting gear to send to PNG. The aim of this project is to help discourage domestic violence in the country.

There is limited money available for sport in PNG and gyms, schools, and sport clubs promote active inclusion. Sport is one of the ways both men and women can become strong, build personal confidence and become positive role models in the community.

Disabled Swing

Provision of a $10,000 donation to Manly Council as part payment for a disabled swing in a playground on the Steyne.

Manly Hospital

Manly Hospital needed a specialised maternity bed and facilities in the emergency department to enable routine treatment without using an ER bed.

2016 - 2017
Clontarf Foundation

The mission of the Clontarf Foundation is to improve the education, self-esteem, life skills, discipline, and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal men. A key part of the commitment and reward process includes soccer, basketball, and boxing followed by a cooked breakfast before school.

Rotary of Manly donated $8,000 for a private office for student-staff interviews.

Royal Far West

A 3 year scholarship was funded by Manly Rotary.

Scholarship was granted through Rotary Health with the objective of researching the effectiveness of treatment at the Royal Far West.

Royal Far West

Accommodation for overflow from the Manly Womens Shelter. Also used as student accommodation for Royal Far West

Frequently until 2013
Rotary Youth Exchange

Suitable students promoted by International Rotary clubs. 

Our last Exchange student was in 2013, Chiara from Sacile, Northern Italy.

Homeless Men and Women in Manly

Installation of showers in homeless peoples community centre operated by the Salvation Army, Manly.

The Manly police identified the need for safe showers following assaults on homeless women. A space was enclosed under a stairwell and a new bathroom was constructed, including drainage, hot and cold water and a dressing space.The bathroom serves around ten people per day, with toiletries and clothes vouchers included.

Homeless Men and Women in Manly

Together with a State Government Grant and donation from the Club, an entirely new kitchen with commercial appliances was rebuilt and installed in the Salvation Army New Life Community Centre building in Manly.

The Manly Rotary team stripped the existing domestic kitchen and removed an existing wall to extend the kitchen area. In addition, the Manly Rotary volunteers repainted the surrounding areas. The then Manly Council kindly offered their assistance with fees, charges and certification.

Pioneer Club House

Installation of flysreens and screen doors in their kitchen and dining area.

Our Club has a long association with Pioneer Clubhouse (Open Door) that is a facility for men and women who are recovering from some form of mental illness.

Apart from the major re-construction of the Clubhouse we recently were able to help again with the purchase of flyscreens and flyscreen doors, to ensure the best hygienic conditions for their kitchen.

Manly Rotary's donation for these flyscreens was $1,600.

Pioneer Club House

In 2012 the original PCH was refurbished having been built in 1951 and was in disrepair as well as not meeting present day building standards.

The PCH is a community based facility for adults living with or recovering from mental illness and offers and assists members to gain meaningful work, employment, services and support.

The refurbishment followed a recently completed additional building supplied by the local Council that was to be joined to the existing building following its refurbishment. At this time the club had only approximately 20 members.

Due to the relationship that had developed between our Rotary Club (RC) and the PCH, the RC offered to manage the expansion of the PCH including ensuring sufficient funds would be sourced to effect completion. The NSW government via the Community Building Partnership Programme donated $60,000 to the project that was awarded for the sum of $175,000 to the successful contractor. With additional work to cover unknown costs and painting the final amount was approximately $185,000.

Work commenced in July 2012 and was completed in 2 months i.e. mid-September following which the club membership quickly expanded to many hundreds.

Manly Community Centre

Community centre administration area and stairwell refurbishment.

Redesigned the floor area and replaced desks and equipment where required. Replaced floor coverings.

Rotaract Club at ICMS

Establishment of a Rotaract Club at ICMS. Unfortunately the club eventually disbanded due to the high turnover of students

Northern Beaches Womens Shelter
(formerly Manly Womens Shelter)

Instrumental in formation of the Northern Beaches Women's Shelter. Negotiated the deal with the Harbour Trust for the rental of 2 houses at a 50% discount to market rent which enabled the creation of the Crisis Centre.

Refurbished the buildings with carpets, paint, kitchen upgrade and security screens on windows and doors.

Meals on Wheels

Rotary Club of Manly was instrumental in the establishment of Meals on Wheels in Manly.

Senior Citizens Centre

The Manly Rotary Club formed a committee with members from the local council and other service clubs with the objective of creating the first club built especially for the enjoyment of the elderly in NSW.

It still exists today.

1971 - 1972
Manly Hospital Medical Reference Library

The Rotary Club of Manly provided a medical reference library and endowed it to perpetuity

Stewart House

Refurbishment of tiny tots bathroom to bring it up to a modern standard.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Suitable students promoted by International Rotary clubs

Support for Sailability

Sailability is a locally based organisation dedicated to giving disabled children and adults an opportunity to experience sailing in a custom-built craft.

Manly Sunrise (which later became Rotary Club of Manly) donated money for repairs and new equipment to insure the safety of the disabled client.

Still Amazed

"Although I have been a Rotarian for over 30 years I am still amazed by the commitment of my fellow Manly Rotarians to helping those in our community in need"


Great Experience

"Four years ago I felt the need to offer something to the community and people who needed support. I was so warmly welcomed by Manly Rotary Club members that I decided to join immediately. Since that time I have have been involved in numerous projects to help our community and travelled to Kenya as a volunteer at an Orphanage that had been founded by a lady school teacher Rotarian in Queensland. What a great experience it has been over the last four years! "


Fun and Rewarding

"Finding local young people for Rotary sponsored scholarships is both fun and rewarding. It is an investment in the future of Manly. And doing it as a team makes it even better."


Great Community

"The Rotary Manly Fun Run & Walk is a community event that I have enjoyed as a participant for a number of years. I wanted to give back and so I joined the Rotary Club to be part of the team making this great community event happen. (We have a fabulous vision for the future of this run!) I enjoy that as a Club we focus on raising funds for our local community but we also support excellent international projects as well.

Get involved - You’ll be glad you did!"



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