Posted by Graham Fussen on Feb 26, 2020
The Rotary District Disaster Recovery Fund –
Your First Choice Fund to Aid Recovery in Communities.
When disaster strikes, our natural Rotarian instinct is to Help! Now!
This is an admirable quality of Rotarians across the globe. However, it is often the case that the wider community have the same quality and as can be seen with the current bushfire emergency, millions of dollars is being raised to “help”.
However, it is in the days, months and indeed years after an event, that communities still suffer.
What happened to our community playground, BBQ, Hall and critically mental health?

Sadly, these vital aspects of the glue that keeps communities together, are often overlooked.
What has the District Done and what is it doing?
For many decades our District has operated a very effective Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) managed by the District Management and Finance Committee under the watchful eye of the District Treasurer and the Disaster Recovery Committee (DRC), led by PP John Fischer and a great experience team.

The purpose of The Rotary District Disaster Recovery Fund, is to help communities in our Zone; recover, rebuild and restore, from a declared disaster.

How can I/We help?

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Rotarians and Clubs can undertake a range of activities including, but not limited to; Donating to the DRF, keeping an eye out for people in the community with stress or experiencing difficulty in coping, looking for community buildings/facilities that have been overlooked in the initial rush of disaster relief, Projects that you or your Club can get involved with.
To donate to the Rotary District Recovery Fund please;
  • Transfer/deposit funds into the following account: 
Name of Account:  Rotary International District 9500 Inc
Bank:                      BankSA
BSB:                        105 015
Account Number:  116 581 340
  • In the description please note the donor name as a reference.
  • Send an email to the Treasurer with a copy to the DRC Chair confirming the donation, who it is from and any other relevant details.
  • For those who wish to donate by mail,
Cheques should be made payable to Rotary district 9500 Inc and post to :
Attention: Stephen J Noble
Treasurer Rotary District 9500 Inc
c/- PO Box 410 Glenside.  S.A. 5065
  • Please attach written confirmation of the donation (amount, dated deposited etc) plus contact details (email address, postal address, telephone contact details).
  • Unless otherwise noted, funds donated will be faithfully applied to community recovery projects in general.
  • Whilst donations to the DRF are not tax deductable, donors can be assured that 100% of donations will be applied to projects with no levy or fees deducted.

DDRF Grants update:

I would just like to remind everyone that in District 9500 we have the District Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF).  Funds raised from our clubs go straight to the recovery of communities affected by natural disasters for example the drought and the bushfires.  So far we have been asked for Bird Boxes which the DRF is very pleased to support.  If your club has a project you would like to see supported by the DRF please contact the Disaster Recovery Chair John Fischer at

One Grant:   Thanks to a grant from the District 9500 Disaster Recovery Fund, Nest Box building is underway at the Regency Community Men’s Shed. Club and Member donations are supporting recovery efforts in the fire ravaged areas. Consider your District Disaster recovery Fund now.

Other Rotary Related Appeals
Adelaide Hills Bush Fire Relief Fund - a registered RAWCS project  DONATE 
Yorke Peninsula Bush Fire Relief Fund - a registered RAWCS project DONATE 
We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.
Rotary Australia is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you.
Should you or your club wish to donate to one or more of these RAWCS projects, as well as our own District Recovery Fund, please click the appropriate project.
The projects are:
South Australia Bushfire Relief Appeal  including Adelaide Hills & Kangaroo Island